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Skeleton Forest

Skeleton Forest

A large grove of deceased cottonwoods bathes in shallow water, along an arm of Lake McConaughy. Warm late-spring winds whistled through the upper reaches of the wooden skeletons, their gentle gusts offering a rhythmic ode to the cycles of life on the water's edge. Browsing a series of satellite images for the area reveals that the trees grew entirely after 1999 (when the below-linked USGS image was taken), and the lake was in a prolonged, drought-caused regime of much-below-normal water levels. The shallow, sandy cove flooded when the water rose substantially just in the previosu 1-2 years, drowning the roots.

6 NNE Ogallala NE (5 Jun 12) looking NW