16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
The burn scars from two major, overlapping wildfires in the Jemez Mountains - the Cerro Grande Fire in 2000 and the Las Conchas Fire in 2011 - serve as nature's canvas, as she paints strokes of colorful aspens, which are now flourishing in this vast area. The fall color here gets noticeably better every year as the aspens spread rapidly and grow in size. It shows how nature recovers and changes from wildfires and how the largest aspen forests are a product of such fires.
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