A Vanishing Forest on the Slopes of Mt Washington Spring 07/02/2006

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© Michael Hatten htt… on December 22, 2009

The Trees in the image have almost completly died over the past 3 years.

On the left side of the mountain the trees have all turned brown and white and now looks like a forest of snags. Check out google earth and see just how much forest land there is between here and the mountain.

Bark Beetles or Blister Rust fungus.. It's vanishing quickly.

I'm trying to find some comparison shots so you can see for yourself how big the die off is..


VIKTOR HERMAN on December 23, 2009

Save our Planet! Greetings Viktor We have the same problem in Šumava mountains in our country with Bark Beetles. A lot of square kilometres are destroyed. But I belive that will be good in next 100 years!

© Michael Hatten htt… on December 24, 2009


it's a Christmas wish of mine.

Allot of people don't realize that the bark beetle is the size of a grain of rice but it can do so much damage. Overcrowded forests competing for water, disease that follows and warmer springs that have fewer hard freezes don't kill off the beetles. Usually a healthy tree can defend it's self by pushing out the beetles in their sap. But the trees can't repel the assault.

Thanks for the comment!


Martin M on December 26, 2009

Absolutely wonderful scenery!

Puna on December 29, 2009

Hello Micheal I wish you and all your loved ones a Bless,Peaceful and Healthy New Year

© Michael Hatten htt… on December 30, 2009


Thanks! As one would say. Enjoy it while its still around..


© Michael Hatten htt… on December 30, 2009


Same to you my friend. Ahh Blessings of Peace.. now that is a sound I would love to hear...


Urban Thaler (urbiet… on January 15, 2010

Beautiful Michael, despite the sad story! Greetings from Switzerland, Urbi

© Michael Hatten htt… on January 18, 2010

©► urbietorbi,

Thank you for the compliment! I hope that this area will grow back but it wont fully until after I'm long gone....


petrelpiotr on January 25, 2010

Remains for me nothing else but repeat the old comment under latest picture near.

© Michael Hatten htt… on February 2, 2010

Looks like I made an error on the dating of the above photo. It was taken 1 year earlier on July 2nd 2006.

It might have taken a year longer but the devastation is still quite large..


m@rtin66 on February 7, 2010

What a wonderful work!


Greetings from Poland,malnia

© Michael Hatten htt… on February 8, 2010

Thank you malnia!

EugeneTrambo on February 10, 2010


© Michael Hatten htt… on February 13, 2010


Thank you!!


Spyros Agrianitis on May 4, 2010

great shot !

Martin M on June 17, 2010

Waht a shot!! It looks like a postcard!


Greetings martin

© Michael Hatten htt… on June 18, 2010

Spyros Agrianitis, martin36,

Thanks guys! It's too bad that most of the trees in this image have died off..

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Mike Wagner on July 17, 2010

Hi Michael. This is one of my favorite areas. I was just up on the old McKenzie Pass a week ago taking some photos of the Sisters. Very nice shot of Mt. Washington and the surrounding area. Good color and depth. Well composed. Greetings from a fellow Oregonian from Springfield, Mike.

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Photo taken in Deschutes National Forest, Old McKenzie Highway, Blue River, OR 97413, USA

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