Barren

Kootenay National Park (Canada)

I did not expect to see this when hiking into the backcountry of Kootenay National Park. The landscape was barren and scars of a massive forest fire could be seen everywhere. I later read that a lightning strike in 2003 has sparked the sprawling blaze, which lasted for weeks and destroyed 17,000 hectares of forest in the park. It is still recovering.

The charred trees in black, the fallen trees in white, and their irregular crisscross patterns are ideal for monochrome photography. I tried to capture the mood which I could not explain in words.

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