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A Barren Wasteland? (2 of 2)

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 15 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 only in grass form.

In this photo I wanted to show the damage that the derecho did with all of the downed trees.

Photo captured April 22, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 180 62 mm

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Fine depth impression. The forest is fabulous

15 May 2019 5:06am

Ginnie from Netherlands

In spite of the controlled burn, Steven, there's a real beauty to this image, especially because it's in B&W. If you have a chance to go back this summer to show it in color, I bet we'd all be amazed.

15 May 2019 5:10am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Le noir et blanc accentue l'effet avec ces arbres dénudés.
Les troncs tortueux sont magnifiques.
Bonne journée Steven

15 May 2019 5:28am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful composition and soft bw process.

15 May 2019 5:41am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Magnifique ta photo

15 May 2019 8:12am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

It doesn't look particularly burnt here, just wintry. Nicely textural B/W

15 May 2019 9:37am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

nicely done in BW

15 May 2019 9:39am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Amazing! I like it.

15 May 2019 10:00am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

Bel effet sous cette perspective

15 May 2019 10:41am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Excellent capture . The trees and plants will start to grow again. Great B/W image.

15 May 2019 10:42am

London Caller from United Kingdom

Deja vu? ;)
Fortunately, I can't find any gumtrees in the photo.
They aren't native to America, right?

15 May 2019 11:17am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

Interesting story.
A excellent black and white with a great depth.

15 May 2019 12:06pm

Mvdfotokraam from Netherlands

The road is great and also inviting

15 May 2019 12:09pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel chemin dans cette forêt avec la forme des branches superbe
Belle soire

15 May 2019 12:17pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

QUite a desolate view, but there is hope for renewal.

15 May 2019 12:40pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb perspectiv in this B&W land of bare trees .

15 May 2019 5:03pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Histoire triste. Jolie prise. Tout est tordu ici ... les arbres et le chemin !...

15 May 2019 7:48pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

Nicely lighted S curves through the dense forest and I like it in B/W

15 May 2019 7:52pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I like the road through this excellent black-and-white.

15 May 2019 9:08pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nicely composed and you tell a good story. With a little darkening, this could be entrance to a haunted forest.

16 May 2019 12:15am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A convincing image as to the destructive power of the wind storm.

16 May 2019 1:13am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A fabulous image. I really like the black and white. The curved path makes it interesting. Just so many trees have been damaged.

16 May 2019 1:54am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

love, love the double curve

16 May 2019 1:57pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Excellent composition with the curving path leading into the burned out area.

16 May 2019 8:15pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It really looks devastating. I can only imagine what it must be like in full health.

17 May 2019 2:13am

Remus from Portugal

The presence of the burned garden bench is to some extent overwhelming.
Great capture.

17 May 2019 4:05pm