Making memorable images

Burned trees in winter


winter treesThis photo is part of the progression of photos I’ve shot over the past 2-1/2 years in the aftermath of the Wallow fire, the largest wildfire in Arizona history.

I went into the area during the first weekend it was re-opened to the public following the fire. It was a black and grey landscape. I laid in the ash to take some of the photos, and the ash was still warm from the fire. I will never forget the silence and the hollow feeling of being the first to touch the holy ground. The white wraith-like spirits of the dead trees hovered in the air, and thunder rumbled from advancing storm clouds. I shivered, but stood still, letting the ghosts envelop me.

Over the past couple of years I have watched blackened cinder-like remnants of pine trees be cut down, then hauled away by the big logging trucks that are ever-present in the ruined forest; I have also watched the aspens being re-born from roots coaxed to life by the flames. It has been a heartbreaking experience in some ways, and an amazingly hopeful one in others.

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2 responses

  1. Just G R E A T !

    January 31, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    • Thank you!

      January 31, 2014 at 6:39 AM