Looking up a massive Red Pine at the Lost Forty Scientific and Natural Area.
The Lost Forty is a 30 acre forest of old-growth red and white pines in the Chippewa National Forest in Northern Minnesota. These pines range from 300 to 400 years old and measure 22 to 48 inches in diameter! The largest Red Pine in Minnesota is located here, standing 120 feet tall with a 115 inch circumference.
This forest is in a section of Minnesota's north woods that never got logged due to a surveying error in 1882. Fires in the mid-1800's burned parts of the forest, but many of the old trees survived and miraculously lived on into the 21st century for us to marvel at.
By the late 1800's Minnesota was one of the top timber-producing states in the country. When settlers arrived in the 1870's, about half of Minnesota's virgin pines remained. Today, only 2% of Minnesota's old-growth pines still stand. You are looking at a bunch of them here! The energy that you feel when you touch or even just stand in front of these magnificent giants is unforgettable.
Taken 3:11 PM on August 10, 2017
Uploaded 5:26 PM on November 1, 2017
- Posted in Landscapes
- PENTAX K-30
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- 18 mm
- 400 ISO
- Dora Lake, MN
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