Monday, May 28, 2007

Back to the mountains

When we head up to the mountains each spring, we always wonder what we will find at the cabin. Everything with the cabin was OK, but 4 lodgepole pines up the hill,were twisted off all about five feet high, probably by a microburst of wind. It is a strange site, I took a picture straight down into the still standing base where a pinecone had blown after the damage. I'm not sure you can tell from the pie-pieces of the mandala, but there are ragged edges all around and a cavity in the middle where the pinecone lodged. I cannot image the force that is required to cause this damage. The trees were at least 12" in diameter. In the 1980's - the area straight south from the cabin was a blow down site also. The trees are all blown uphill. A wilderness site north east of Steamboat Springs had a many acre area involved in a blowdown about 10 years ago. It made the news.

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