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Ghost Trees

Uploaded by: HarveyCreek

Saturday March 23, 2013

Neskowin, OR (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Visiting with BluesMaster, he treated me to a visit of his favorite beach. These trees stumps until recently have been preserved being buried in the sand. They are sitka spruce that are from somewhere between 1800 and 2000 years old.

Image Description: Ghost Trees at Neskowin

Manufacturer: SONY

Model: DSLR-A580

x-Resolution: 320.00

y-Resolution: 320.00

Resolution Unit: Inch

Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 (Windows)

Artist: Harvey Creek

Copyright: HarveyCreek (Photographer) - (Editor)

Exposure Time: 1/80 sec.

FNumber: f/10.0

Exposure Program: Aperture priority

ISO Speed Ratings: 100

Exif Version: Unknown Exif Version

Shutter speed: 6.32 EV (APEX: 8, 1/79 sec.)

Aperture: 6.64 EV (f/10.0)

Brightness: 7.62 EV (674.01 cd/m^2)

Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV

MaxApertureValue: 4.00 EV (f/4.0)

Metering Mode: Center-Weighted Average

Light Source: 0

Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode.

Focal Length: 28.0 mm

File Source: DSC

Scene Type: 1

Custom Rendered: Normal process

Exposure Mode: Auto exposure

White Balance: Auto white balance

Focal Length In 35mm Film: 42

Scene Capture Type: Standard

Contrast: Normal

Saturation: Normal

Sharpness: Normal

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12. Hotzenwaelder
4:14 PM GMT on March 30, 2013
Thanks for the picture and explanation. I am a native of Eugene, but I never saw these stumps or anything like them.
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11. trailhiker44
7:41 PM GMT on March 29, 2013
UPDATE: Congrats on the VIP, Brian !!!
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10. Willow13
2:51 AM GMT on March 28, 2013
Beautifully photographed!!
Fascinating information!!
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9. HarveyCreek
6:56 PM GMT on March 27, 2013
MUDDy,

As you can probably see from the picture, they are starting to decompose. If you look near the sand the lower portions are more preserved than the upper. Unfortunately some have been vandalized, as they appear to have a chain saw taken to them.
There are similar stumps periodically visible near Newport, although these are quite rare. Other ghost forests sometimes appear south of Newport, in Cape Lookout, Rockaway, Arch Cape and Hug Point.
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8. Bluesmaster
5:12 PM GMT on March 27, 2013
Very cool shot Brian, the Ghost Forest is something very special to experience and it was a very fun afternoon!
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7. MUDDYMUDDYMUDDMANN
3:30 PM GMT on March 27, 2013
One part of your description, "until (recently) have been preserved", makes me ask, "What is happening to them now?". I think they are beautiful. would love to know more about them.
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6. HarveyCreek
1:50 PM GMT on March 27, 2013
Wow thanks for the special attention to this photo. Here is some additional information I've researched about the trees.

Current belief is that the sea level at the time of these trees were alive is about the same as today, so the trees must have been growing on higher ground. Since the stumps are still in the soil they grew in, the best explanation is that the soil subsided. And the time these trees died roughly corresponds to a major Cascadia Zone quake, 1,600 years ago. When they were alive, these trees were 150 to 200 feet high, growing at least 6 feet above sea level. After the earthquake, they were quickly covered by sand.
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5. mcleodglen
1:45 PM GMT on March 27, 2013
nice shot! also loving your composition.
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4. gatorgal
1:38 PM GMT on March 27, 2013
How very unique!
Great perspective!!
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3. SunsetSailor
1:35 PM GMT on March 27, 2013
Recent fall & winter storms here along the Georgia coast uncovered an undocumented sailing ship 2-300 years old and unearthed beach clay substrata that had persevered vegetation that might be a old as a hundred years. Then normal tides brought back in most of what the storms had taken away.
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2. trailhiker44
5:42 AM GMT on March 27, 2013
WOW- what an amazing beach with ancient beauties !
Fantastic shot, Brian !
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1. YouKnowWho
3:58 AM GMT on March 27, 2013
Love the composition...very cool place!
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