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Photo: Tree shadow at sunset

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I noticed this between assignments around sunset while working late one day. I worked up a few different treatments, concentrating on just the trees in a Instagram post. This is mostly full frame. The flags on the left are from a Vietnam War memorial, the figure to the right is a decorative street light. The wall is part of a civil rights attorney’s office.

Photos: Pond fog

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Morning fog on dry lake. The clump of trees in the foreground is an island when the lake is at its normal level. (c) 2104 J.S. Reinitz

Morning fog on dry lake. The clump of trees in the foreground is an island when the lake is at its normal level. (c) 2104 J.S. Reinitz

Somewhere in the fog of life, with work and chores and sundry other obligations, I was able to slip away for a few minutes to appreciate the mists drifting through the pond.

 

Among the cypress trees

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The shores of Lake Marion, S.C., near the Santee National Wildlife Refuge. (c) 1999 J.S. Reinitz

The shores of Lake Marion, S.C., near the Santee National Wildlife Refuge. (c) 1999 J.S. Reinitz

One of my favorite things about exploring South Carolina was the cypress trees that stood silent and ominous, rising up from the ponds, tufts of Spanish moss caught in their branches. We’d rent canoes at Goodale State Park and paddle to the far end of the lake where there was a trail through the trees. We’d pick our way through, trying not to get lost, ever alert for snakes and alligators.

Above is a photo of the shores of Lake Marion, S.C., near the Santee National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Dam trail

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Taking a break during a ride. (c) J.S. Reinitz 2014

Taking a break during a ride. (c) J.S. Reinitz 2014

Arrest in burl poaching

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Park service officials have announced an investigation into burl poaching at Redwood parks after officials matched hacked scars on trees with burls featured at a nearby shop.

Here are the details:

Arrest in Burl Poaching Case in Redwood National and State Parks
May 14, 2014

National Park Service and California State Parks Law Enforcement Park Rangers and Investigators working cooperatively have concluded a year-long investigation leading to the arrest and charges of felony Grand Theft, Vandalism and Receiving Stolen Property against Danny E. Garcia of Orick, Calif., for the poaching of old growth redwood burls from the park. Charges are pending against another individual who is currently serving time for unassociated charges.

On April 19, 2013, a researcher in the park discovered cuts on an old growth redwood tree within Redwood National and State Parks in the Redwood Creek drainage. Park rangers responded and discovered a 10-foot diameter, old-growth redwood tree that had been badly damaged by the removal of several large burls. The burls cut from the tree were massive, the largest cut measuring approximately 8.3 feet at the base, 8.2 feet in height, and 1.7 feet deep (approximately 115 cubic feet).

An anonymous tip led to the discovery of the burls at a local shop. Park Rangers matched the size and shape of the cut burls in the shop with those taken from the old-growth redwood tree at the poaching site. Investigation by NPS Law Enforcement Rangers indicated that Garcia had been in possession of the burls taken from the site, and then sold them to the shop in Del Norte County. The burl shop is not currently under investigation in this matter.

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Photo: Frozen Lake

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Frozen Lake. January 2014. (C) J.S. Reinitz

A few months ago, we posted a panoramic shot of a lake with fall foliage. This week we returned to the same spot following snow and low temperatures below minus 10 degrees (F).

Photos: Winter paths

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Photos from a winter morning following a fresh snowfall. Shots include a road under a railroad bridge and the gate to an abandoned riverside lot. (C) J.S. Reinitz

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Photo: Morning fog in the park

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Streetlights break through the darkness of a downtown park shortly before sunrise.

Photo: Chewed tree

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We found this on our walk near a pond last weekend. It looks like something quit part way through. (C) J.S. Reinitz

Timber theft case in Iowa

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The remains of a 40-inch diameter black walnut tree estimated to be at least 140 years-old. An Iowa resident cut the tree down, but due to the large size could only remove one log, estimated at $1,400 market value. Photo courtesy of Hill / USACE.

If there is one thing Iowa doesn’t have a lot of, it’s forests. Most of the state’s old growth was mowed down two hundred years ago to make room for corn and soybeans.

So it wasn’t too hard to spot when one resident chopped down 32 black walnut trees. The rub, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, was that the trees were growing on federal land administered by the Army Corp of Engineers.

With current lumber prices, the hacking would have netted thousands of dollars on the open market. Instead, it landed the rogue lumberjack a 15-month stay with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and a $56,225 restitution order.

“When something like this occurs, we have no choice but to do everything within our authority to prevent similar activity. Unfortunately, many of the things we value in nature take decades or centuries to evolve but can be taken away in a matter of only a few careless hours,” Col. Mark Deschenes, commander of the Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said in a prepared statement.

Authorities said the man pleaded guilty to removing trees from Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, which is under the control of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, as well as from other property under the control of the Corps at the downtown Riverside area in Des Moines, the Sycamore area in Polk County and the Lake Red Rock area in Marion County. He was sentenced last week

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, State of Iowa Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Bureau, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.