Thursday, March 13, 2014

In the pines

     The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is one of combustion. As landscape that routinely sees fire, this timbered region often wears its scars on its sleeves.   It is clear that these conflagrations do benefit the ecosystem; but,  to walk into a stand of old growth pine,   that have escaped fires for centuries, is a joyous experience. The Tobacco Root mountains of Southwestern Montana bursts with these lucky trees. Here, whitebark, lodge pole, and ponderosa pine tower over the forest floor and bring a wisdom to these high woodlands. 

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