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A Barren Wasteland? (1 of 2)

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 9 May 2019 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 another controlled burn. The last one occurred in 2016. Unlike the visit in 2016, the smell of smoke wasn't strong.

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 another controlled burn to help clear the land of so many downed trees, dead foliage and to bring the ground floor back to life with new vegetation. New vegetation was spotted throughout the park in grass form.

Photo captured April 22, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 25 mm

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Great artistic view. I like this b&w.

9 May 2019 5:17am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Perfect framing and bw process.

9 May 2019 5:58am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

ça du te faire bizarre

9 May 2019 6:20am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Superbe in b/w.

9 May 2019 6:21am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Très jolie photo et le noir et blanc lui sied à merveille.
Bonne journée Steven

9 May 2019 6:23am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Ce chemin qui font de S dans le sous bois merveilleux.

9 May 2019 6:31am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Magnifique ta photo

9 May 2019 7:58am

Anne from France

Joli chemin

9 May 2019 8:01am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

an excellent doc shot of what seems to me to not be a very ecologically sound solution to a problem

9 May 2019 9:20am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A sad image but very well taken Steven.

9 May 2019 10:11am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


9 May 2019 10:22am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The B&W really highlights the desolation

9 May 2019 1:41pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Ooo, paths of choice

i love this

9 May 2019 2:23pm

Devi from Chennai, India

A sad story indeed..Hope new leaves adorn the trees again and new shrubs spring up from the ground..
A beautiful image here..

9 May 2019 3:23pm

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Great mood in BW !

9 May 2019 3:29pm

Don from Spokane, United States

The barren wasteland makes good use of this black-and-white quality.

9 May 2019 3:39pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That's so interesting. I was just at a prairie area near Olympia where they do controlled burns to help clear scotch broom and other invasive species.

9 May 2019 4:34pm

willy from Belgium

un article intéressant et un magnifique cliché en N & B


9 May 2019 5:08pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb perspectiv but it is impressiv to see trees like these .

9 May 2019 7:21pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

It looks rather sad now, but it must be what is best for it in the future.

9 May 2019 9:08pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An interesting description for a beautiful path that I would like to tread

9 May 2019 9:34pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

wonderful composition and excellent B&W. I want to walk that path

10 May 2019 12:22am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Wow! That must have been quite a surprise. It is interesting that they would have another controlled burn again but the reasoning you provided makes sense. That is a lovely path and the black and white makes this a very interesting image.

10 May 2019 12:41am

Martine from Brest, France

Je préfère lorsque les arbres ont des feuilles mais cela fait une belle photo.

10 May 2019 3:04am

Ginnie from Netherlands

I suppose this shouldn't make us feel sad, Steven, because as we all know there will soon be growth everywhere. It is so appropriate to see this in B&W.

10 May 2019 5:24am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique ambiance !!

10 May 2019 6:07am

yoshimiparis from France

we want to be on the way, and to walk quietly

10 May 2019 6:57am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Beautiful trees and lines.

10 May 2019 8:30am

London Caller from United Kingdom

Looks like a scene from a horror film. ;)

10 May 2019 10:46am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I hope there will be many colors in the near future.

10 May 2019 2:12pm

Remus from Portugal

I doubt that burning is better than cleaning ... But without doubt it will be faster.
The devastation and desolation is well illustrated in this b&w photo.

10 May 2019 2:47pm

Mvdfotokraam from Netherlands

Very dramatic in bl-white!

10 May 2019 2:48pm

Mohammad/Navvab from shiraz, Iran

Amazing view

10 May 2019 2:58pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Triste vision désertique... mais joli shot.

10 May 2019 7:20pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I like this in black and white. I want to follow that path.

11 May 2019 12:20am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

You've made a lovely image of this.
We have a lot of controlled burns in our area, too. It's a necessary evil.

13 May 2019 2:39am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful picture and lovely processing. Lovely. :)

14 May 2019 4:50am