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Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 23 May 2016 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I went to Illinois Beach State Park recently to search for any new Spring foliage to photograph, only to discover that the Park was subject to a controlled burn. While walking along the trails, the smell of smoke was quite strong; strong enough that I could smell it on my clothing when I returned home.

During the morning hours of July 11, 2011, Illinois Beach State Park (and parts of Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio) was hit hard by a derecho. A line of severe thunderstorms moved very quickly across northern Illinois and southern Lake Michigan, producing widespread wind damage. This wind damage left thousands of trees uprooted and downed where they have laid since 2011.

I can only assume that they decided to do a controlled burn to help clear the land of so many downed trees and to bring the ground floor back to life with new vegetation. New vegetation was spotted throughout the park only in grass form.

Photo captured April 21, 2016.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It does look pretty desolate. I assume those standing trees are fine.

23 May 2016 5:50am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow...Very impressiv !!!

23 May 2016 7:30am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A b&w full of details !

23 May 2016 9:31am

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

Splendid capture of this devastation.

23 May 2016 2:04pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

The result of controlled burning seems, for the moment, terrible.

23 May 2016 2:57pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Excellent b,w

23 May 2016 6:31pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

The B/W helps highlight the desolation of this beautiful forest ... Great shot !!!

23 May 2016 10:21pm

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Excellent mono. Well composed with wonderful textures around the path.

24 May 2016 2:00am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Superbe chemin qui serpente dans la nature et les arbres merveilleux.

24 May 2016 3:10am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

A very bleak landscape that has a certain beauty.

24 May 2016 4:24am

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

They must know what they are doing. I hope that the trees are still alive.

24 May 2016 5:58pm

Goddess from Tehran, Iran

At first sight I felt so bad to see this terrible event. But I hope for the life to come back to the ground...

28 May 2016 5:24am

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Nice guiding line.

1 Jun 2016 8:36pm

Roland-T from Loverval, Belgium

Good bw!

7 Jul 2016 5:28pm