Pebbles on the Edge

Pebbles on the Edge
Lake McDonald, 2014

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tree dreams

Some rather interesting pictures of the hybrid poplar tree plantations outside of Boardman, Oregon. I took these from the car going at 70 mph and the motion of the fence and grasses as we whizzed by is rather intriguing...They reminded me of your tree paintings, Melis.

These plantations cover ground that was previously completely bare of anything but grass and sagebrush. They receive water and nitrients through drip-irrigation, and are harvested when mature to provide material for moulding trim and paper pulp. They harbor a variety of wildlife, including cougars. I'd hate to get lost in one in the dark! Or even daylight. There are no points of reference once inside. Alex should shoot a film in there.

It's still strange to see these vast artificial forests in the middle of the desert of Eastern Oregon...

1 comment:

Melis said...

It was those stands of trees and some close to Mom's old house in Chehalis that I was thinking of when I did that journal entry. :) Great minds...