Rocky: Before and After the 2020 Wildfire Season
Before and After the 2020 Wildfire Season
There is no question that 2020 will go down as one of the most difficult in U.S. history.
But with everything that happened in that unprecedented year, my home state of Colorado experienced its worst year on record when it came to wildfires.
By the end of 2020, Colorado had seen its three largest fires in history:
At one point, my home town of Estes Park was ranked as the town or city with the worst air quality in the world during the height of the top two fires, which burned just a few miles to the north and west, respectively, of town. The entire town of Estes Park was also put on mandatory evacuation orders for the first time in history on October 22, 2020 because of the proximity of the growing East Troublesome Fire.
In September 2020, I drove all of the roads in the park to capture time-lapse video on my GoPro Hero8 and window mount of my Toyota Tacoma. My goal was to document some of the best spots in the park for photography. I had no idea that some of these videos would capture landscapes that I will probably never again see in the same condition in my lifetime.
In addition, this footage now gives me an opportunity to document the regrowth process from before the fires to a year, five years or maybe longer post 2020 wildfire season.
In particular, I am interested in seeing how quickly the habitat returns, how it looks when it returns, and how the animals will adjust to the new habitat.
Join me on the journey of Colorado's rebirth to healthy forests after the 2020 wildfire season.
Here is the first video of this series featuring a small section of the Kawuneeche Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Keywords: colorado, colorado wildfires, conservation, conservation photography, global warming, moose, national park, nature photography, photo travel, rocky mountain national park, wildfire, wildfire season
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