Original Fine Art Photography by Donna Kennedy
Photographed in Fishlake National Forest, Central Utah-Processed in Topaz Studio...
This bumpy dirt road is used only by the Forest Service, but you will absolutely enjoy this beautiful nature walk among the Aspens.
Fishlake National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in south central Utah. The namesake for the forest is Fish Lake, the largest freshwater mountain lake in the state.
Established in 1907, the forest covers 1.5 million acres and is split into four districts. The forest lies in parts of nine counties.
Pando, a clonal quaking aspen stand, that, according to sources, is the oldest (80,000 years) and largest (106 acres, 13 million pounds) organism on Earth, is located in the Fremont River Ranger District of the National Forest, 1 mile southwest of Fish Lake on Utah route 25.
The Trembling Giant, or Pando, is an enormous grove of quaking aspens that take the “forest as a single organism” metaphor and literalizes it: the grove really is a single organism. Each of the approximately 47,000 or so trees in the grove is genetically identical and all the trees share a single root system. While many trees spread through flowering and sexual reproduction, quaking aspens usually reproduce asexually, by sprouting new trees from the expansive lateral root of the parent. The individual trees aren’t individuals but stems of a massive single clone, and this clone is truly massive. Pando is a Latin word that translates as “I spread.”
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January 20th, 2019
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