Forest Fire Remnants – 2011

This mountain top is part of the Parker Mountain Range in Hotham Sound, British Columbia. As one travels the coast it is always amazing to see trees clinging and managing to survive on the coastal granite outcrops. Soil depth and water retention is at the minimum yet the trees manage to grow. Though not large, these tree can be quite old.  In 1919 a lightning strike started a large forest fire in the area wiping out the trees on this mountain top. While the old spars can still be seen, new trees are slowly growing to replace the old. Because of the thin soil and poor growing conditions it will be hundreds of years before they attain their former glory.