Hope - Great Northern Flats by rocamiadesign

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Around 7 years ago, the Robert Fire made news around the world. It started from a small campfire, spread in the Northfork Drainage and jumped the Flathead River into Glacier National Park near Canyon Creek. The Robert Fire was devastating to parts of the Park and threatened many homes in our area. It came within a mile of our home when it threatened Lake Five. I remember that we had our belongings packed, waiting for the evacuation order. We checked the bulletin board daily for news.

This photo was taken at Great Northern Flats, in Northwestern Montana (USA), a popular overnight stop for rafters and kayakers. The campground was once covered with a canopy of trees, but the Forest Service had to cut them down to protect the campers. New saplings were planted and protected by conical screens. The first year after the fire, we were the only campers on the weekend we spent there. The mule deer were our only visitors.

If you look in the foreground, you can see where the strongest saplings have thrived. They are surrounded by grasses, wild onions and wildflowers, the first generation of growth.

Taken August 14, 2010 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera. Brian took a similar photo in 2006. We decided to take a newer set to show how much has changed in four years.

- Kathleen -

8/19/10 – Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT Group.
8/20/10 – Featured in the LIVE AND LET LIVE Group.
8/21/10 – Featured in the MONTANA Group
8/22/10 – Featured in the NEWFANGLED, NONEDITED PHOTOGRAPHY Group.

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TOP TEN WINNER in the Human Impact challenge, hosted by The World As We See It group.
TOP TEN WINNER in the Trees Please challenge, hosted by the Nature Photography Challenge Group.

Brian’s 2006 photo, “Road to Recovery”, is shown below:


  • Chris Armytage™
    Chris Armytage™over 4 years ago

    Regrowth doesn’t take long, but how sad to see those magnificent trees reduced to matchsticks!

  • It is sad to see, especially throughout such a large section of the Park. The western part of Glacier Park, around Camus Creek, has always been my favorite spot to visit, as it teemed with deer and bears. The return of vegetation is bringing them back again.

    – rocamiadesign

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparover 4 years ago

    Great work!!

  • Thank you!

    – rocamiadesign

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • Thank you, Trish!

    – rocamiadesign

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Fascinating shot which has so much impact. the vertical lines and beautiful light and shadows…great work and nice to know the story behind it.

  • Thank you so much, Rose!

    – rocamiadesign

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 4 years ago

    So very wonderful capture and this is great shot and story!

  • Thank you very much!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesover 4 years ago

    Fabulous piece of work Kathleen!

  • Thanks, Jackie!

    – rocamiadesign

  • ducilla
    ducillaover 4 years ago
    Excellent “documentary” of the fire.With both photos we see the way nature cares for itself.. We live in the Sierras near Lake Tahoe and deal with fires as you do . Our favorite hide away place was devastated in 2001 and as much as I was sad it is now a more vibrant eco-system than before .more animals and more lower growth.. A fine reminder of both how careful we need to be and how well nature cares for itself…Dennis
  • Thank you, Dennis! I know from personal experience about the problem with fires at Lake Tahoe. My mother had a beautiful cabin there that burned down in the early 70’s. As devastating as fires can be, there are an important part of the ecosystem. Many people flock to old burns in the Spring, after a good rain, to gather Morell mushrooms and our huckleberry crops thrive in 10 year old burns.

    – rocamiadesign

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 4 years ago

    this is a gorgeous capture Kathleen, wonderful light, color and composition !!! So beautifully done !!

  • Thank you, Gisela! We were fortunate to get there at the right time. A few minutes later and the light was too dim.

    – rocamiadesign

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    So sad these fires….Your photo and thoughts are very moving…love that sun! Beautiful work!

  • Thank you!

    – rocamiadesign

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 4 years ago

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