Mount Baker National Forest, near Seattle, Wash., taken with a wooden pinhole camera.
Mount Baker National Forest, near Seattle, Wash., taken with a wooden pinhole camera. Jeff Soderquist/Flickr
Flickr user Jeff Soderquist grew up with a forest near his neighborhood. He took this photo with a wooden pinhole camera in Mount Baker National Forest near Seattle, and added it to our group with a reflection:
The forest played a big role during my childhood. At the end of our suburban development 30 miles north of Seattle stood a modest forest. How big, exactly, I cannot say for sure, but to me at it felt almost infinite in size. Known simply as "The Forest" among the neighborhood kids, it served as a setting to many of my favorite childhood memories. ...
The exact date the bulldozers finally arrive escapes my memory, though I will never forget the empty feeling in my stomach as I watched The Forest being toppled by the machinery leaving a barren landscape. ... A small part of me was lost along side those trees that day. In many respects The Forest's destruction marked the end of my childhood and the beginning of my adult life.
Roughly a hundred or so houses where built on the land where the trees once stood. ... I think of the modest forest at the end of the development often while hiking through the much grander stands of trees within the national forests and parks of the Pacific Northwest — realizing how fortunate I was to have such a thing within walking distance of my home.
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