INSIDE A HEALTHY SECOND-GROWTH REDWOOD FOREST

A snag in a healthy second-growth forest.

A snag in a healthy second-growth forest.

If one were to compare this image with those of the past couple of days, one could be led to an unfair comparison of the two forests. The site of this image is within the Arcata Community Forest, and those of the previous postings were taken of a commercially managed third-growth forest. The latter was harvested within the past few years, and this location within the community forest perhaps ten or so years back.

The community forest is harvested in a selective-cut manner whereas the commercial forest is harvested using clear-cut methods. The photo below is of an area of the community forest that was logged at about the same time as the commercial forest (see previous postings).

My primary reason for sharing these photographs is for their aesthetic values. I am not a botanist and certainly not an expert. I am however, an observer, and this is what I see.

An area of the Arcata Community Forest that was logged about four years ago.

An area of the Arcata Community Forest that was logged about four years ago.

These young redwoods and spruce are about twenty-five years old. This area is inside the logged area of about four years ago. I think that these are third-growth trees in an area that is predominantly second-growth. Immediately behind this spot a large (about 125 tree rings) second-growth was harvested about four years ago. The city exercises great care in their harvests as these photographs show.

I do understand that clear-cutting is more efficient in many aspects over selective-cutting, but as a lover of the land…

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About Thomas Bethune

THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions. A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico. All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media. An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest. BA Photography Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA
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