Kevin Briggs Photography

Eerie Forest Vestiges

Kevin Briggs
Joe Freeman, National Geographic

Joe Freeman, National Geographic

Photographer Joe Freeman recently took some rather unusual photos of tree stumps in Washington state.

Joe Freeman, National Geographic

Joe Freeman, National Geographic

"The trees were likely removed from Snoqualmie Pass sometime around 1917, when Keechelus Lake was dammed to regulate water flow for irrigating eastern Washington. Once the dam was in place the water level would rise, drowning the trees. My best guess is that the trees were cut down so as not to let their economic value—likely in the millions—go to waste.

As the reservoir fills and empties, the stumps are periodically submerged. This submersion has helped to preserve them over the years. I was there when the lake was abnormally low."

Joe Freeman, National Geographic

Joe Freeman, National Geographic

"What struck me right away about the stumps was their highly anthropomorphic nature. Each one seemed to possess its own unique variations, just like people."