With wildlife activity being extraordinarily slow yesterday, I took to take pictures of less active scenes. It has been quite cold here in Denver, Colorado and a morning hoar frost and recent snow coated the landscape. This old, weathered log may not have minded the cold but I wasn’t particularly enjoying it – even if it made for a pretty good picture. 😉 Taken at Cherry Creek State Park.
The Centennial State’s high country saw a tremendous amount of snowfall this past winter and spring and summer have been similarly wet. This has allowed the mountain foliage to really green up, more so than I have seen in years.
While camping in Pike National Forest a couple weeks ago I came across this moss covered log and for whatever reason, it really fascinated me. The textures of the old rotting wood coupled with all of the green was very pleasing.
This gnarly tree and those behind it are the few left standing in one spot along the East Entrance road to Yellowstone National Park. Black and white helps to add some drama to the image.
Wildfires have at different times scorched much of the land in the park (most notably in 1988) and these trees served as a reminder of the devastation they leave in their wake. However, fires are an important part of the life cycle of a forest helping to renew the ecosystem.