REDISCOVERING MYSELF THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Poplar Forest

Nearly 20 years ago, a plantation of hybrid poplar trees began sprouting up in the unlikely place of the irrigated high desert of Eastern Oregon.  There were no other trees for miles and miles around.  About every 7 years or so, the trees have been harvested for paper pulp, for small logs, and in the near future, the production of ethanol.  28,000 acres of the distinctive skinny trees extend south of I-84, the major highway running east-west across Oregon (and eventually into southern Idaho).   Today, in heavy fog caused by a lingering temperature inversion in the eastern part of the state, I stopped to photograph the trees.  This is a vertical view. 

Linking up with Madge's Weekly Top Shot 




18 comments:

Madge Bloom said...

Tall, skinny, white, but beautiful ghosts! LOVE it! I'm so glad you came by to share on Weekly Top Shot #66!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

This is a fabulous shot - love the look into the distance. We have a lot of this kind of forests planted for wood pulp and such - though they are not the white ones - I love the white bark.

Karen said...

This is amazing, Evelyn! A truly strangely beautiful landscape. xx

veredit - isabella kramer said...

Wonderful image, great impact, very well done !!

Ruth said...

Oh, how beautiful, I bet it was wonderful standing amongst them all! A great shot there Evelyn :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Awesome shot! The height and repitition add a wonderful graphical quality to the shot. This is one of your best. Be proud! :)

Danielle said...

Oh my gosh this is just so beautiful!! We have these groves that are planted so the landowners don't have to pay taxes but our trees are pines. This is just gorgeous.

Ahayes1225 said...

Beautiful, I love how they are lined up. It is nice to swtich a lens and get a new perspective. Thanks for the visit.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful. i am glad they are planting and harvesting wisely (i'm assuming).

Lisa Gordon said...

I was hoping this would be here.
It really is so beautiful, Evelyn.

The Artful Diva said...

Such tall, proud trees! Great perspective.

Helene Titsch said...

This is a stunning photo! Really enjoyed the post and interesting info!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful trees!

EG CameraGirl said...

This was worth waiting to get!

Nancy Claeys said...

We have 3 hybrid poplars, but they are not as white as these. This is a lovely image, Evelyn. :)

Tanya said...

oh when i read the title of your post i thought you had been to virginia! we have a poplar forest here http://www.poplarforest.org/ which was thomas jefferson's home :)

beautiful image!

Candy C. said...

What a GREAT picture! Love everything about it, especially the one "leaner!" :)

Dina Lettre said...

So amazing!