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Sole Survivor

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

In the last decade the forests of the eastern San Juans have been devasted by pine beetle kill. Pine beetles burrow under the tree bark and introduce a blue stain fungus that blocks water and nutrient transport within the tree, thus killing it. The beetles are a natural part of the forest, normally playing an important role of attacking old and weak trees, thus aiding development of younger trees. 

However, what's not natural is this kind of widespread annihilation of entire forests that's happening these days. This is yet another dramatic and alarming sign of the effects of human-caused climate change. As average temperatures rise, the forests experience less and less prolonged deep freezes during the winters which are necessary to kill the beetles and keep their population in check. Milder winters, hotter drier summers, and a century of forest fire suppression have all combined to weaken the forests, allowing the pine beetles to just continue to spread until the forest is almost totally wiped out. The unprecedented outbreak of beetle kill in the last decade is happening throughout not only Colorado but across much of the West, in what might be the largest forest insect blight ever seen in North America.
Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Sole Survivor print

With excellent color accuracy, vibrant contrast, and high archival ratings, my fine art ink prints display impressive photographic clarity that will last for many decades. The print is sealed with a special satin semi-matte UV laminate which protects the print and eliminates distracting reflections while maintaining excellent image clarity and contrast. Mounted on a thin, stiff, archival backing board, the print can be easily framed without a mat or glass!  (more info)

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Duraplaq Mounted, Ready to Hang

Duraplaq Mounted, Ready to Hang

My most popular print display option, also known as "ColorBox" or "MegaPlaq". The same fine art ink print described above is mounted on eco-friendly HDF smooth wood and sealed with a special satin semi-matte UV laminate, which protects the print and eliminates reflections while maintaining excellent image clarity and contrast. The mount is finished with a beveled 1"-deep black edge, resulting in an elegant, modern, and durable print display that hangs flush against the wall. (more info)

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Glossy Metal Print, Ready to Hang

Glossy Metal Print, Ready to Hang

Unlike all my other options which involve mounted paper prints, this attractive display option uses a dye sublimation technique to infuse the image onto a thin, rigid aluminum sheet with an ultra glossy finish. The result is a luscious display of deep, bold colors with excellent clarity and high contrast. The aluminum print is mounted on a 3/4" deep edge-to-edge black metal mount frame. Please note that due to the manufacturing process there may be very tiny imperfections in the metal print surface, but these are barely noticeable and don't detract from the dazzling appearance. (more info)

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Acrylic-Glass Mounted, Ready to Hang

Acrylic-Glass Mounted, Ready to Hang

With this innovative display method, the fine art ink print on glossy metallic paper is professionally mounted face-first onto 3/16" museum-grade, UV protected, scratch-resistant plexiglass, and backed by 1/8" black acid-free board. An inset french-cleat hanging system is attached to the back, so that the print floats 1/2" off of the wall, appearing like a glass framed print is floating on the wall, but without the mat and frame. This is the option for those who desire the ultimate stunning glossy print image quality. (more info)

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