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Burned Snag Sculptures

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:16 pm
by Matt Markworth
All,

Here are some "sculptures" from Hermosa Creek (CO) and I think they're most likely all Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine. It's amazing how some of them are still able to stand. Do you have other examples from Hermosa, or for any other species/locations?

Also, someone please think of a better name than Burned Snag Sculptures!
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Matt

Re: Burned Snag Sculptures

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:41 am
by Don
Matt-
Having had collateral fire duty in most of my career as a forester, I've seen these and marveled at how long they can persist...the charcoal weathers much better than I thought it would, and it (the charring) must confer some kind of hardening, for as delicate as some of the shapes seem.
Another name? Nothing that I've liked...
PyroTotems?
Fire Icons?
Foxtail Pine near edge of Horseshoe Meadows, Sierra Nevadas out of Lone Pine, CA
Foxtail Pine near edge of Horseshoe Meadows, Sierra Nevadas out of Lone Pine, CA

Re: Burned Snag Sculptures

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:53 pm
by bbeduhn
blackened snags (totems)

grilled snags (totems)

smoked snags (totems)

tree skeletons

tree crisps

Ψ - the snag formerly know as a healthy tree (but partially burnt to a crisp)

Re: Burned Snag Sculptures

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:36 pm
by Matt Markworth
Don,

Pyrototems is a good one!

Brian,

The symbol cracked me up:) Classic!

Maybe I'll call them The pyrototems formerly known as Ψ [the snags formerly known as a healthy tree (but partially burnt to a crisp)]."

Matt

Re: Burned Snag Sculptures

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:18 pm
by Don
Matt
It does close in on having a classic reference to fire and sculpture...
Don