During the Wallow fire two years ago, the tree that made this etching in the road fell, flaming, onto the pavement of Hwy. 191. A living thing, it died in agony as it crashed to the ground. You can still see the impressions left by its leafy branches as it burned. The ghost-like image is seared into the pavement, has weathered two years of seasons, and the shadow, barely faded, is a reminder of what was lost.
This line of living plants shows its legacy – nutrients in the soil that encouraged new growth:
All that is left are charred remnants seen in the photo above, and on the other side of the road, hidden by the grasses and the embankments that line the roadway:
This is part of the fascinating lifecycle of the forest after a wildfire.