Big Sur Burnt Trees

A black and white shot of the dead trees as a result of a forest fire.Big Sur Burnt Trees

Driving on a back road above Big Sur, I came across the skeletal remains of trees after a forest fire. A lot of people thing that wild fires should be extinguished, but in reality, they are needed for the health of the ecosystem.

The fire clears the forest floor of excess detritus, eliminates the weaker members of each species, and actually helps the trees reproduce. The heat of the fire melts the resin in the cones, allowing them to open and release their seeds. If the fire doesn’t burn long enough, the seeds aren’t released. If it burns too long, the seeds are burnt too. A good fire will result in the release of over 500,000 seeds per acre and those seeds don’t have to compete with other plants because of the fire.

When I took this shot, knew there was something, but I wasn’t sure what. After playing with it, I found that I really liked it in black and white.

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