Forest Management vs. Logging

In my 20s and 30s I was an environmentalist doing protests to stop clear cutting. Now in my 60s i realize the pendulum swung too far the other way. Before the human population grew so much in this country, natural lightning caused fires would clear out diseased forests, and create clearings where huckleberries and elk etc could thrive.

Europeans came along, spread across the country with our towns and cities, pushing into the forest boundaries. We did our best to stop all fires out of fear (understandably) of our communities burning. Part of the fear was also of losing our beautiful National Forests.

Next we rallied to stop the out of control logging. As a result the Northwest forests are now choked with dense stands of diseased and dead trees just waiting for lightning to spark enormous fires.

I grew up among loggers, but i hated clear cuts. Now i realize that selective thinning and prescribed burns help control the health of the forest as well as fend off the mega fires. We did not need to stop logging completely, we just needed to change our approach to selective thinning and prescribed burns. Keep many larger trees to be seed trees and eventually snags and then nursery logs. Remove any with early signs of Diseases, Spruce Bud Worms, Pine Bark Beetles and other pests that destroy entire forests.

I talked to a landowner with 50+ acres of healthy, beautiful, multi-aged forest. He explained that in 50 years he had selectively logged a large number of trees. Never once did he plant a tree, and yet there were currently more trees than when he started. Every tree was known to him, which ones were the best keeper seed trees, and which needed to be harvested for the health of the forest. These might be overcrowded trees, or those with a hint of disease that would endanger the forest.

Also, clearcuts i sat in and cried when I was young are now full of young, tall, beautiful forests, healthy and full of wildlife especially if they are thinned out as they get bigger. Nature does a great job of recovery, but as we interfere on one end we need to help balance on the other end.

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Dreamily Dazzled Delights

Mount Adams shrouded in Storm cloud Sunset Glory recently. Mother Nature is still the best artist!

Mount Adams From a different point of view

I was up in the hills west of Mount Adams Tuesday 8/21/2019 and it was cloudy but the mountain was visible. There were interesting textures to the clouds so I stuck around at a fewpoint until sunset. For some foolish reason I didn’t have my camera with me, but I did get a few Photos with my phone.

that rock to the right of the peak in the foreground is the head of sleeping beauty from a different angle.

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I found an interesting native legend from old days about Great Spirit and the mountains in this area.

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Lenticular show

November 15, 2018 was amazing, lines of mountain wave clouds, stacks of lenticular clouds like ducklings in a row. One stack at the top of each wave of fast moving air.

I raced to my favorite spot, over looking Mount Adams, and found this scene. enjoy!

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Old favorites revisited

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These are images that are part of my heart, some of my favorites to bring back around. Most of these are available on my Smugmug site, they are often hanging in my gallery shows, and look gorgeous on Metal prints, Thinwraps, Gallery wrapped Canvas, or Prints

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Beauty of Sunset

“Clouds can dim the light of life,

But in return they can be the source of great enlightenment. ”

~Darlisa Black

Clouds can dim the light of life, But in return they can be the source of great enlightenment. “ ~Darlisa Black. Photo of Columbia River Gorge Sunset, from White Salmon, Washington

Columbia River Gorge Sunset, from White Salmon, Washington

Winter in Trout Lake

I wanted to share a few pictures with you from the month of February 2019, in Trout Lake, Washington. We had one of those heavy snowfalls that came fast and furious, Beautiful and dangerous.

Mount Adams

Shining bright with winter snow at the higher elevations. Mount Adams is the second tallest peak in Washington State, and yet had been the lesser visited mountain. We locals like it that way.. no roads open year around to treeline.

More Lennies

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See my long time lenticular assortment here by clivking on the collage below

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