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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Changes at Grassy Lake

01 Grassy Lake Hwy 67 Kaibab NF AZ pano (1024x433)

Grassy lake Kaibab National Forest taken 5/7/10

Now you see it, but someday you may not. In the past naturally occurring fires burned every 3-5 years on the plateau which maintained the meadows. Without fire the forest could encroach here.

02 Meadows Hwy 67 S Kaibab NF AZ (1024x605)

Taken 8/12/09

The fence keeps livestock out yet allows wildlife access. The lake shrinks during the summer.

11 comments:

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

In Kruger they have experimented with something simiar. There are sections fenced off which are not burnt and no animals can get to. Then there are others which only small animals can browse on. It is amazing to see the difference in the bush. Burning does the world of good. Some of our plants will not seed without it.

Small City Scenes said...

Amazing what Nature can do--with or without our help/interference. MB

Jo said...

Very interesting, Gaelyn;)

A human kind of human said...

So pretty. Looking at it I can imagine a picnic basket, a nice bottle of wine, the man of your dreams... Wow, my imagination is running away with me... Stop it Anne!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Fire is an amazing thing. I remember when we had large veld fires in S.A. how a few days later, all sorts of flowers and grasses used to grow that one would not often see under normal conditions. Diane

Naquillity said...

the word resilience comes to mind. i think it's amazing what nature can do with/ without fires. its heart simply keeps beating. have a great day.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Nature has a way of protecting itself. Let's hope the meadow remains.

blog with no name said...

I would love to walk through that meadow with you...

A human kind of human said...

Hi Blog with no Name, as I said, a good bottle of wine and the man...

Carolyn said...

What a beautiful meadow, it would be such a shame to lose it but that is the natural course of nature if we don't interfer.
Smiles

Rambling Woods said...

Interesting how mother nature tries to take care of her own...

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