Jim Nieland
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I have had a life-long interest in photography. An interest in the outdoors and natural resource management led to employment with the National Park Service and later the US Forest Service. During this time I developed a special interest in caves, bats, and nature in general. I am now retired, but continue assisting agencies as an environmental engineering consultant. Travel, and many days spent in the field, provide ample opportunity for photography. Many of the photos shown here are the result of finding myself in unique or little-visited locations. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do taking them.

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Jim, bienvenido al grupo Puesta de sol.

Sencillamente maravilloso. L-2 + F-1

Puedes mandar las que más te gusten.

Saludos cordiales desde España, Amparo.

Curieuse façon d'utiliser notre Jeanne d'Arc nationale! Humour ou sérieux? Cordialement Jim. Jean.

Thank you for your comment. Incidentally, I worked as a fire fighter for 35 years before retiring from the US Forest Service. We had many programs to prevent wild fires, including an aggressive approach to stopping all wild fires when they were small. The thing we really didn't fully appreciate was the fact that natural fire is important to forest health and ecology. Most of the large forests in the United States and Canada require periodic fire for recycling nutrients and to encourage natural regeneration. Over time, with all fires put out, there became a large accumulation of woody debris in the forests. When frequent low intensity fires takes place, the trees are resistant to burning and the natural system works well. When fire is suppressed, and the large accumulations of fuel develop, natural fires can be devastating. We refer to these as "stand replacement" fires, in other words they kill nearly all the trees. Humans then need to step in and replant the forest which is not always the best solution for maintaining natural ecology. In the last twenty years, more and more natural fires are managed with a "let burn" policy. When conditions and location is right, fires are permitted to burn and perform their natural function. Of course if conditions change, or if infrastructure is threatened, aggressive action is taken to protect improvements or direct the burning into areas where the fire is desirable. In the past the process was called "fire control and prevention", now it is called "fire management".

Thanks Larry. I have really been enjoying your recently posted photos.

It is sad to hear the garden is not being kept up. My wife and I discussed stopping there last winter but were short of time so had to head home instead. She has never seen the garden and I thought it would make an interesting stop... I guess we may have avoided a disappointment. Keep up the good work, I enjoy your photography!

Thanks for the correction, I changed the title to reflect the correct name.

Wonderful Picture!!!!



Wonderful Bridge Picture!!!!!



Very Wonderful Mt. St. Helens Picture!!!!


Corey Coyle

Очень красивая фотография


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