Sunday, August 01, 2010

Beautiful Burn??

This barren, but greening hillside, is believed to be the site of a burn (possibly proscribed) in the Fairholme Range near Lake Minnewanka in 2003 (see map). I mentioned the 17 km of burned forest between Sault Ste. Mari and Thunder Bay (White River area) as having its own beauty, and I'm still struck by the beauty of a burned area I passed in Temagami in 2001. I'm not saying I prefer burned areas to healthy forest, just that it always impresses me the way that nature recovers and that there is something wonderous about pale green aspen leaves in a sea of blackened stumps. If you want to learn a bit more about the history of Lake Minnewanka, here is a like to Wikipedia.
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