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Burnt Forest - Yosemite Valley | by G Dan Mitchell
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Burnt Forest - Yosemite Valley

Burnt Forest, Rain - Yosemite Valley. Yosemite National Park, California. November 1, 2008. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved. (large)


Burnt trees in a managed fire area of Yosemite Valley.


Now that I understand that fire is a natural and important part of the life cycle of forests, I no longer find burned areas to be ugly - in fact I think that they can be quite compelling scenes. The start quality of charred trees and soil is interesting, and soon the new growth in the burned areas comes in and wildflowers can be abundant. The NPS now has a policy in Yosemite of allowing naturally occurring fires to burn (as long as they don't threaten structures) and of purposefully starting "managed fires" in places like the Valley.


During my raining early -November weekend in The Valley I stopped in this recently burned forest, initially to photograph new growth of ferns on the forest floor against the dark colors of the trees. After I worked that idea I saw these lower branches on forest trees that had been burned and decided to photograph them as well.


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Taken on November 1, 2008