Feb 21, 2009

Ash lands







A few views in the days following a prescribed burn in Big Cypress National Preserve, south of Tamiami Trail. If you look closely you can see the Trail in several photos. Sometimes the burns are "patchy," but not this one: it left a moonscape of ash, and marched through cypress and pine lands alike. Soon enough with spring it will green out.  (It's already doing it.)

11 comments:

alicesg said...

Am sure when spring comes, it would looked like an enchanted forest. Very huge place from where you are. Have a nice weekend.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I always wonder about those prescribed burns, Bob. When we drove through south GA--we saw quite a few of these burns--around all of their pine trees. I always wondered how it could burn toward the bottom --and not burn the top of those pines...

Looks so desolate, doesn't it?
Betsy

jozien said...

I kind of think, it looks beautiful. But why do you have prescribed burns like that?

Reader Wil said...

A burnt forest or other piece of land looks always so sad, so desolate. But you said that the green is already showing. Well that's good! Have a great week.

Denise said...

Fascinating process, a great post and I enjoyed how you presented your photographs. All just lovely. Thank you!

George said...

I've never seen so much ash after a prescribed burn. I'm glad to know that it is now greening up.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Thanks for you comments. This will be an enchanted forest in a few months ... and a wet one too: water, which we call sheetflow, covers the entire preserve by mid Summer. But it greens up before it goes under.

Jozie- As for why we do them, it's a standard management practice here in south Florida. All the ecosystems are fire dependent -- in the same way they need water they also need periodic fire. It also reduces the threat of larger scale wildfires.

CountryDreaming said...

There's a special majesty in this South Florida landscape as captured in these photos. The burned land shows its potential as it awaits the soft new clothing of spring green.

fishing guy said...

Rob: Be sure to show the recovery of this area.

shaker said...

Impressive !

Kathiesbirds said...

That first image is so ghostly, and beautiful in its own way.