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Up in Flames

Up in Flames
Photograph by Jim Richardson

A slight depression filled with windblown cones and needles is all that remains of what was likely a hundred-foot-high (30-meter-high) Jeffrey pine tree. It was partly buried in ashes from the eruption of Cinder Cone in Lassen Volcanic National Park and then caught fire. Cinder Cone’s ash field is dotted with such depressions, which formed after the buried stumps rotted away. Radiocarbon testing of remnant trees provided the definitive clue to Cinder Cone’s age, now estimated at about 350 years.



Camera: Nikon F-100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Available light

Special Equipment or Comments:
Exposed to highlight the pinecones and the darker lava.


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