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Twisted log and hardened lava


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A few pieces of dead wood strewn amid the lava lends a certain ironic poignancy to the otherworldly landscape.

Notice the lichen in the foreground. It is the first organism to become established in a new landscape. Soon after, more plants appear, and after that, animals to eat the plants. So the rebuilding process goes. A fascinating natural study in the regeneration of an area following a volcanic eruption (disruption?) is the area around Mount St. Helens, which erupted in May of 1980. The process is much the same in a wildfire-damaged forest.

At Sunset Crater, near Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.

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One response

  1. I do like the way the log channels your eye through this photograph.

    June 26, 2015 at 3:49 AM