Resilience – A Photo Essay

My husband Danny and I decided to hike Quandary trail in Breckenridge. We were not prepared for all the downed trees due to beetle kill and high winds. Though there were many dead trees, I was overwhelmed by the signs of new life .

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 A beetle’s eye view


How did that happen?


Like gentle giants they swayed above us.


Carving out existence on the surface of rock.


Moss finds a happy place to thrive!


The forest flourishes.


Tiny new pine trees sprout on the dead stump of another.

This is truly the circle of life.


The protagonist in my book is a photographer, so I thought I would walk a mile or two in her shoes!

All photos taken by Susie Lindau with a Nikon Coolpix 5205 camera

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  1. How funny we’ve both got trees on the brain. They are fascinating even though there are millions of them. I love photo essays they are like grown up picture books.


  2. Very, very cool. I love the moss on the rocks! Breckenridge is one of my favorite places, but I don’t get there often enough. Whenever I visit family in Denver, I make a trip up there ~ on my own if needs be. It’s too beautiful to miss.


    1. Thank you so much! It always is an adventure!
      There is a huge forest fire in the foothills west of Fort Collins not too far from Boulder and the wind has changed. It is really smokey here. All those beetle killed trees have become kindling.


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