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International Year of Forests (January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

John E Schwarzell

Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness

John E Schwarzell

Aspen Grove

Castle Creek Rd, Aspen, Colorado, USA

July 23, 2012 19:00 UTC (13:00 local)

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This Aspen grove in Aspen Colorado is in the White River National Forest by Castle Creek several miles East of Maroon Bells. Aspen groves are the largest living beings in the world, as each grove is a root system that springs up trees wherever it can. Although each tree seems separate, they all share and are born from the same root system. They don't spread seeds on the wind as most other trees do.

The largest Aspen grove in the world was nearby, but I just couldn't get there this trip. Most groves survive even the worst natural disasters; even the largest of avalanches do not spell disaster to an Aspen grove, although many of the trees are felled, the grove will renew itself over many years as the topography allows.

Location

USA-Canada / USA-Colorado

Lat: 39° 7' 23.68" N
Long: 106° 50' 34.7" W

Elevation: 6500

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Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.

Equipment

D200, Sigma 8mm

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