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Anchorage, Alaska had a large wind storm on September 5, 2012. These images were taken in the early morning after the night storm. Thousands of tree were uprooted. It had rained heavily for a week before the wind storm. The ground was socked and shallow roots could not prevent trees from falling. Most Alaska trees have shallow root systems. Roots do not go grow deep in Alaska soils because below five to ten feet the ground stays frozen (permafrost) or is too cold for roots to survive. Alaska summers do not warm up soils below the 5-10 foot range. Plant life does not decay well in the cold or frozen soils so there is no need for roots to bore down for nutrients. I counted over a thousand fallen tree in Russian Jack Springs Park after the storm.

I photographed the fallen trees with my D7000 and Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. I used ISO 800 because I needed fast shutter speeds since I was hand holding my camera. It was darker than it looks because of dark clouds. I used a consistence f/6.7 aperture setting so I could increase my shutter speeds.
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