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Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss It
Photograph by Peter Essick

“This is an unpredictable landscape,” says U.S. Forest Service ecologist Marilyn Walker. A year after Peter Essick photographed willow and alder, white and black spruce marching in orderly rows back toward the Alaska Range, a major fire raged two miles (three kilometers) from where this picture was taken. Trees burned “right up to the riverbanks,” Walker reports. Part of the 25,000-acre (10,100-hectare) Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest, the burned area has already begun to regrow—a new forest entwining its fate with older, unburned trees, the ever shifting river, and the next fire, sure to come.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fuji Provia
Lens: 70-200mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/4 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Dawn
Lighting Techniques: N/A


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