Before the fire.
Category: Outdoor Scenes
Photo and caption by John Cooke
Taken in September of 2012 from the Wolf Creek Pass Ski Resort in Colorado, This picture shows the vast areas of beetle kill that contributed to the West Fork Complex fire reaching a current size of 83000 acres. The positive side of this story is that after the trees burn they are replaced by quickly growing aspen trees that give flashes of color to the landscape. The aspen trees that have grown in groves have protected the town of South Fork from being completely wiped off the map. This landscape will look totally different when I return in August to photograph the same shot.
Location: Wolf Creek Pass Ski Resort, South Fork, Co