SUMMIT COUNTY — Tracking the impacts of the pine beetle epidemic is easy in much of western Colorado — just look for the red or gray dead trees. But the changes that happen after the trees die are more subtle. In some places, new lodgepoles are already sprouting and younger trees that were untouched by the insects are growing quickly — up to six inches per year in favored spots, which is dramatic for slow-growing conifers. In other areas, shrub and grasslands will probably dominate. Have a look at a few Summit County forests in today’s photoblog.
A quick reminder that some of the outstanding Summit Voice photography is for sale in a couple of online galleries, including Imagekind and Redbubble, where we have a beautiful Summit County calendar available.
If you’re a Flickr member, check out our new Frisco Group and add your photos. If we get a few more people to join in this group, it may start showing up in the Starbucks wifi portal as a local link, so tell your photographer friends.