Burned Woods

In Eagle, posting via painfully slow dialup-over-satellite (the local telephone system connects to the world via satellite, as is common in the Alaskan bush). Data connections here are always very poor. I’d curse the local phone company, but its employees are guys I grew up with. And they shoot better than I do. (Hi, David!) Besides, connecting to the internet in Eagle is like that old joke about the dancing bear: it’s not the quality of the dancing that impresses, but the fact that the bear dances at all.

I took an interesting snapshot along the Taylor Highway. Last summer was an awful, terrible year for wildfires. Here you can see a birch tree that was burned at the base and is now dead, against a backdrop of heavily-burned black spruce “forest”:

wildfire damage along Taylor Highway

2 Comments

Love the site!

Comment by john | June 10th, 2005 10:19 am | Permalink

Lovin’ the blog!
For what it’s worth, I believe I drove past this spot shortly after it burned…the leaves on the birch tree were curled, but I would have bet money then that the birch would live. I guess I would have lost. I have pics of another spot about half a mile away that was still burning at the road’s edge. Only a few; the heat was such I was afraid it would blister the paint on the truck.

Comment by Maggie | June 12th, 2005 12:07 pm | Permalink

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