Colorado Valley, USA 2005: as the forests begin to die!

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jeff_msn123 on July 8, 2009


Colorado is a beauty state. Luckly, I have had a short business trip to a place nearby - Fort collins. When I have looked down from the mountain to the city. I only see green color. Their green work is excellent.

One more good things it that no skyscrappers.

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on July 8, 2009

Hello Jeff,

Yes it is! And I do hope that if you haven't already, that you get to drive Trail Ridge Road up and over the mountains and down into the upper Colorado Valley, as I did. It is a brilliant drive, and in our case we were there on one of the first weekends that the road was open so we saw plenty of snow, and abundant wildlife.

Warm greetings, Tonga to Hong Kong.


Jesus de Leon on July 8, 2009

Preciosa foto de naturaleza. Saludos, jesus

Ian Stehbens on July 8, 2009

Thank you, Jesus. It was an unforgettable day in my life! Precious indeed.


Theolfa on July 8, 2009

It is a beautiful photo, Ian, good sense of distance from the herd of antelope? to the snowcapped mountains. One thing bothers me (nothing to do with you!) is the number of dead trees in the woodland. Cheers! Theolfa

M.Kranenborg-Torn on July 8, 2009

What a nice photo Ian, Greetings from Greetje.

Ian Stehbens on July 8, 2009

Thank you very much Greetje. It is great to be sharing with you.


Ian Stehbens on July 8, 2009

Dear Theolfa,

Thankyou for being so observant. It really is a tragedy. If I went back now I would not recognize the place: all the trees have died and massive timber recovery operations have denuded the whole landscape. I haven't searched the web but there must be much about the cause of the death of the trees/forest on the web.

I took these 2 images in 2005 and hadn't uploaded them for they are mainly wildlife photos and Panoramio was intended to be a landscape site. But I have uploaded them here because of the huge change that has occurred there.

The deer are quite docile. They do add to the attractiveness of this environment.

Thanks again. My best wishes,


Ian Stehbens on July 8, 2009

PS: Further to the above, Theolfa, you might notice the extent of the dieback in the accompanying GE images.


Theolfa on July 9, 2009

Ian, I don't know how to access the GE images, but I'm sorry to hear the outcome of the beautiful forest in this scene. Theolfa

Ian Stehbens on July 9, 2009

Theolfa, I am referring to the image to the right of the photo. The brown forest patches are very evident. Ian

Seyithan BOZDEMİR on July 9, 2009

Beautiful photo wonderful view

► Greetings

► Seyit

Ian Stehbens on July 9, 2009

Thanks for your appreciation, Seyit. Warm greetings from the South Pacific.


Tom Lussier Photogra… on July 13, 2009

A very nicely composed capture Ian. Beautiful, even with, the dying trees. :) The cause of these pine trees being killed is the Mountain Pine Beetle. Their favourite meal is the Lodgepole Pine but they also will attack Ponderosa, Scotch and Limber pines as well. As of last summer the beetles had eaten through 1.5 million acres, about 70 percent of the all the state's Lodgepole pines. The resulting damage is not only a blight on the landscape but also a serious fire hazard. Thanks for sharing this.

Best regards, Tom

Ian Stehbens on July 13, 2009

Thanks Tom. I am very thankful that you have responded to this and provided the necessary information. It was because of an earlier comment about the death and clearing of the forests in the area that I have gone back to my images of the area to see the evidence that I had recorded.

I am not sure whether it is as I recall: I don't remember seeing any of this in the higher altitude forests or on the eastern side of the range, eg Rollins Valley, Estes Lake, lower slopes in the Evans Pk area. However I presume it may have spread since 2005?

Thanks again, Tom.


Tom Lussier Photogra… on July 15, 2009

You're very welcome Ian. When we were in southwest Colorado last Fall I didn't notice any unusual areas of destruction. Just the odd dead pine which appeared to be following a normal mortality rate in the forests. Hopefully that's a good sign. :)

Best regards from the USA,


Oliver S.M. on September 4, 2009

About! Here such much, is available than to eat. Good photos. Cause feeling of hunger

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