The past two years of my visit to Wenatchee, WA has been HOT. I have been hearing and reading a lot of the wildfires out West but normally it’s been in California. Washington State has had plenty of fires. My hat goes off to all firefighters, as this struggle seems to get worse each year.
One HOT day I decided to drive down to Vantage, WA to see the Petrified Logs. Petrified Logs Trail is part of Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park/Wanapum Recreational Area. I did my Internet research and I found it interesting. Now years earlier I would blink twice about going to such a place to look at wood, rocks, or whatever were there. Now I appreciate things just a little more. Why not?? According to Wikipedia “Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park/Wanapum Recreational Area is a 7,470-acre (3,020 ha) Washington state park at Vantage, Washington that includes 27,000 feet (8,200 m) of shoreline on the Wanapum Reservoir on the Columbia River. Petrified wood was discovered in the region in the early 1930s, which led to creation of the park as a national historic preserve.”
There has been a lot of damage to the trail. Again I did some research but I couldn’t find out when they had the fires here. Late June of this year, they had a fire near Vantage, WA and very close to the State Park souvenir store. No one was hurt and no families (I think) had to evacuate.
Before I went to the trail I was told to be careful because at this time of the year they have a lot of rattlesnakes out. With that in the front of my mind (and I was by myself) I didn’t stay too long. Safety is always first.
The trail is a loop; you can either go straight (trees #1-8) or left (trees 9-22). To try and save what’s left of the trees or logs, they all are protected with grates. The visibility isn’t that great but the time I was there the sun was blazing which made it more difficult. At one time all you saw here was green grass with sagebrush and wildflowers. What’s left now is a little life of bushes and trees trying to hang on to life.
Some may ask why go there? There’s nothing there but burnt up trees, bushes, rattlesnakes, and petrified logs or trees in grates that we can just barely see. What I saw was how fire can damage our land. And I wondered would and/or will it ever grow back? It wasn’t a gloomy day. The sun and blue clouds were protecting the land letting it know there’s still hope.
Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2 an XF 35mm f/2 R WR lens.