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After the Forest Fire

There was a forest fire at Exclesior Creek earlier this year and I was very saddened to see in the newspapers that the area around my oft-visited viewing site at Medicine Lake was burned.A desire arose in me to see it first-hand. I admit that as I drove up Maligne Lake Road to Medicine Lake the moment I saw the burned area I felt overwhelmed by the devastation.I was also curious what kind of photos I could take of the burnt area and perhaps what was already starting to grow. There were areas that were thick with trees and probably needed thinning out. Yes there will be rejunenation but I felt the loss as well. I talked with a local artist in the parking lot who shared with me how he has come for many years to the area to paint “en plaine air” and we agreed it was sad as well as would be interesting to see what abstracts could be discovered…he as a painter and I as a photographer.I could still smell the charcoal as I took the following photos. Since it was fall the lake was much lower and I was able to walk on ground that normally would be under water. This lake has an under water drainage system and the level drops dramatically in the fall as the water goes underground and drains into the Maligne river and canyon.The photo in my header is of Medicine Lake .there is an eagle’snest on the left and I worried about the young until I saw a photo of the burnt tree with the healthy eaglet still in the nest.

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The last photo is taken from the lake  looking back at the parking lot above the stairway.there are some trees that survived as well as saplings in their fall colours

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8 responses

  1. The damage we have done to our planet almost brings me to tears.

    October 29, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    • I believe this fire was caused by bone-dry conditions and a lightning strike.But true, we have caused great harm.

      October 29, 2015 at 5:45 pm

  2. Your photos really do justice to the painful char, Jane. I could easily imagine being tucked into your pocket as you walked around the lake, smelling the damp charcoal. It’s funny how we both explored our own locales that had suffered similar fates this fall. I have a difficult time reminding myself that fire is part of a natural process, as are floods, droughts, and avalanches. But I think what separates the devastation we are encountering from the natural is the sheer magnitude of destruction that each assault brings. A combination of mostly human-induced factors has amplified the horror. We feel so helpless as we watch the destruction. As Charlie says, our recklessness brings on tears.

    November 2, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    • Glad you came to see my photos; I too found it interesting that we had similar posts and that is why I invited you to come and see.I care about the environment and the beauty-thus I grieve and am brought to tears. Glad to meet more people that care so much.

      November 4, 2015 at 3:53 pm

  3. It doesn’t look nice after a forest fire. But as you say it’s often a natural process. It’s a way for Mother Nature to recreate and start all over again.

    December 7, 2015 at 9:29 am

  4. Very interesting. Happy Sunday!

    November 13, 2016 at 5:21 am

  5. Thank you Sartenada, it has been a while. trust you and your wife are well and still enjoying your travels.

    November 14, 2016 at 3:08 pm

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