fire-scarred pine, Olympus

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cbaisan on August 19, 2010

Scarred trees in this 'bosnian pine' (Pinus heldreichii, synonym P. leucodermis) stand below the summit of Mt. Olympus attest to the role of summer fires even in this moist high country. The most recent fire reportedly occurred in 1878 during a conflict with Turkey.

| Timber Wolf | on August 20, 2010

Great picture, and thanks for the history. It is very interesting. like

Greetings, Kyle

cbaisan on August 20, 2010

Pleased you found it interesting. There were many sumps in this area from trees cut ~100 yrs ago and at first it was hard to believe that anyone would be crazy enough to lumber up here (the approach is VERY steep and rugged), but as the stumps were 2m high we decided they were cut in the winter and the logs slid down on the snow to an avalanche chute below to be flushed down to a more accessible area with the spring meltwater.

| Timber Wolf | on August 20, 2010

Tree cutting is always a hard chore, I can imagine how difficult it must have been for them to lumber these huge trees, but it's amazing what nature can do. For example, we have three dead trees in our yard that just died this year and we were going to have to cut them down for a costly price, fortunately for us, we had a storm recently and the lightning knocked them down for us. I was astounded as to how quickly they are falling down, I am constantly amazed by nature, it never fails to amaze me.

cbaisan on August 20, 2010

While the large trees are ~1.5 m diameter the cutting was of medium, pole-sized trees - to be expected as they would be the most useful and much easier to manage. I really can't imagine reaching this place in winter - the trees must have been very desirable.

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  • Uploaded on August 19, 2010
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    by cbaisan
    • Taken on 2010/08/10 05:47:08
    • Exposure: 0.020s (1/50)
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    • ISO Speed: ISO80
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