Day 4 Nature Challenge: Ribbon of Gold, Pine Plantation

As the sun sets, the Pine Planation is lit with a Ribbon of Gold that wraps around the trees and changes the landscape. For a moment.
As the sun sets, the Pine Plantation is lit with a Ribbon of Gold that wraps around the trees and changes the landscape. For a moment.

In 2012, I began a project that may never end.  I am fascinated with the Pine Plantations on the state land near my home town.  These are Red Pines and they were planted in the 1930s by the CCC.  Unlike Old Growth forests which have a diversity of trees and plants, these trees are all the same species (a few hardwoods are growing among them) and all lined up in rows. They have a beauty of their own.  And each time I visit my hometown, I try to find time to visit the Pine Plantation to try to capture it throughout the year. I wanted to capture the sunset in August. What I saw astounded me.  This ribbon of gold light moved among the trees and created a work of art.  It only lasted a moment.  Then it was gone. I am so glad I saw it.

This project also caused me to read more history about logging in Michigan and to find out how the trees are managed today.  The pine plantations planted over 70 years ago are now a valuable asset to the state. They are selectively harvested for wood needs, and seedlings are planted to take the place of those cut down. This area is used for recreation, hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, and much more all through the year.

You can see the full series of images in a slideshow on the PinePlantation page on my website.

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