Smokejumpers, an elite group of firefighters, are a quick response unit. They will parachute into a remote wilderness area and extinguish the blaze before it gets going. Smokejumpers have been around almost as long as aviation, established in 1939 in the US….and were the model for the 101st Airborne Division. One of the original Smokejumping camps in Winthrop Washington is not far from this location.
This little fellow is the only survivor of Hurricanes Rita, Gene and Wilma. A trifecta of destruction that left landscape strewn with broken trees. It’s hard to put into words or pictures how vast the scene really is. Standing on the Hill above Hobe Sound (at 80 feet high it towers over the landscape of South Florida) as far as the eye can see are broken tress. Photographed in Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Florida.
These Pines are amazing trees. New comers to the area, as compared with the ancient Cypress, the Pine root system has adapted to the extreme wet/dry conditions of Everglades. Even being able to endure the regions hurricanes.