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Frozen Ghost Trees

Here is another one from my hike last weekend.

Standing dead trees usually only remain standing for a couple of years in these parts thanks to our wet, extreme weather.  The wet rots the wood, and the wind and heavy snow takes care of the rest.

So for these dead trees to be still standing after 50 years is remarkable.  The reason they are still standing is interesting.  This area subsided during the huge Alaska earthquake of 1964 and that allowed this area to be flooded by the nearby ocean.  When the trees sucked up the salt water it killed the tree, but also preserved it.  After time, the weather turns the trees white which is why they are often called ghost trees.  These trees are extra white in this photo thanks to the snow and frost.  There are numerous examples of these trees along the coast throughout South-central Alaska.

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About the author: Ron Niebrugge is an Alaska based outdoor photographer specializing in landscapes, wildlife and travel photography. Ron shares his travels and adventures here on the blog. To see more photos, or to learn about Ron’s photo tours and workshops, visit our main photo website.

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  • Nina (UK) December 5, 2012, 11:15 am

    What an interesting shot.I bet it was REALLY cold!!

  • Ron December 5, 2012, 12:30 pm

    It was pretty cold – around -12 Fahrenheit.

  • Russ Bishop December 5, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Nice Ron! I’d love to see some conditions like that down our way, but it’s still way too warm.

  • Ron December 6, 2012, 10:40 am

    Thanks Russ! Yes, looks like much of the Lower 48 has continued to be warm. Last year I think we got your snow, this year the cold.

  • rickymiller February 7, 2013, 6:39 am

    Very nice its a great photography posted by you at your website. Impressive work thanks for sharing this photos, its beautiful place, i am waiting for more new photos, i am also a photographer in perth australia and click some amazing photos you can see on my site.

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