Why the interest in his photo? It was taken in 2001 at Linville Falls. His photo clearly shows the hemlocks growing in the spring against the dark shadow (note the magnolia blooming). This was before the HWA had made an impact. I didn't have a photo from this time, and even if I didn't, it wouldn't have been that good. You can compare it to my own photograph which I took on Labor Day 2010. The difference? A picture is worth a thousand words, and words can't describe the irreplaceable loss this pest has made in western NC and elsewhere along the east coast.
|Chris Smith photo, 2001|
|My photo, 2010|