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Kingston Plains Tree Stumps -- Remnants of 19th Century Upper Peninsula Forest Fire

Ronnie Baker Woods's avatar Ronnie Baker Woods

My entry is a series of three framed photos on canvas. During a camping trip, I learned about the Kingston Plains fire. Over 100 years ago a forest fire raged through a large area of ancient White Pines in the Upper Peninsula. The remains of that fire can still be seen today along the Kingston Plains. The thick resin, or sap, in the pine trees has preserved the stumps all these years. In some sections, seeds survived the fire and trees grew back. In other areas the fire burned so hot that it destroyed the seeds, and the forest didn’t regenerate. I photographed the stumps in an area between Seney and Munising, Michigan. The strange shapes of these charred stumps dot the landscape in areas where once magnificent White Pines stood. I encourage everyone to get outdoors and experience all that Michigan has to offer. There are so many interesting things to see and do! Among them is learning about nature and about Michigan's history.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Photos on Canvas
  • Width: 54 inches
  • Year created: 2008
  • Height: 16 inches