18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
After the Fire #2

Two years after the “416” forest fire struck in Western Colorado, the forest begins to recover. Very much like the original photograph, the forest looks barren, dull and mostly lifeless to the casual observer. But look closer and you find hints of the colors of life, both in the forest and in this slightly enhanced image which shows the early fall colors of a forest in recovery. I love this photograph because it is slightly abstract and slightly surreal; the same feelings I experienced when being there in person.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Hermosa, Colorado, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Charles Whyte