- Feb 22, 2009
The forest is very, very dry. It is now taking on a brownish cast. Many of the trees are dead from the bottom up. Large swaths of trees are dead and have been cleared out by large machinery. The forest is changing. I can’t tell if this is from drought damage from a few years back and now the bark beetles moved in or if this is from global climate change. The deep, moist green of the forest is not present at this time. We camp almost constantly and we saw these conditions when there was still snow on the ground in some places, meaning, the wettest time of the year, other than when it’s actually raining. This is why these fires go up so quickly. Honestly, driving through the forest makes me feel a bit hopeless. I tried to take photos of the devastation, the brown, the dryness, but I couldn’t get it because I’m a terrible photographer.