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Very cool Steve, you made it look kinda like a brassica veg patch. With the light and POV angle it's amazing how blue some of the trees look.
Thanks, Nick. The 'blue' trees are actually dead lodgepole pines, killed by an infestation of pine bark beetles that's ravaged much of Colorado and neighboring states. Some places, entire mountainsides are covered by stands of dead conifers. Climate change means that winters are no longer cold enough to kill the majority of the larvae, so pine bark beetle populations have exploded.
[edit for TOPP: more aspens, with most of the dead pines cropped out in the stereo pair.
stereo-X pair for cross-eyed viewing
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