Fountain Paint Pot Tour
These dead lodgepole pine trees are pioneers that
did not survive. Establishing a toehold in thin new soil,
they enriched it through natural recycling of minerals and organic
material. In time the increasing humus would have nurtured
a mature forest - if the trees hadn't drowned when nearby hot
springs shifted. Silica also penetrated the trees and hardened
their bases. Will lodgepoles ever grow again in this area?
Perhaps. Time will tell.