Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesday in Wyoming -- August 1, 2012

Western wildfires have been in the news for the past few months and for good reason.  They're terribly destructive, and the destruction lasts for decades.  Although this picture was taken more than twenty years after the Yellowstone fires of 1988, you can see that the dead trees are still clearly visible, although they no longer dominate the scene.  I'm encouraged by the amount of new growth that has occurred, and so I try not to cringe when I look at the snags and think about all the majestic lodgepole pines that were lost that year. 

Does anyone know who decided to call standing dead trees 'snags' or why?  I don't.

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