To celebrate Arbor Day, the Idaho Forest Products Commission sponsored a photo contest. The competition was open to all Idaho students in 5th – 12th grades. Students were asked to show us what they see when they Look To The Forest. These are the results for 2013!

Isabelle DeVries - Pinecone in winter

Isabelle DeVries

GRAND PRIZE WINNER 

Caption: Protected

Student: Isabelle DeVries

School: Middle Jr and Sr. High School

Teacher: Vickie Warren

Statement:

I look to the trees for safety and comfort. In the picture it looks like the pretty pine cone is hiding from the freezing cold while its blanket of frosty needles shields it from the harsh elements. Whenever I’m surrounded by the forest I feel protected.

Christopher Bridgewater9

Christopher Bridgewater

WINNER GRADES 5-6

Caption: Life on the Edge of the Forest

Student: Christopher Bridgewater

School: Garfield Elementary, Boise

Teacher: Sonia Galaviz

Statement: When you look at the forest it seems overwhelmingly large. Therefore, it is important to notice the beauty and detail of an individual tree.

Audrey Kujawa

Audrey Kujawa

WINNER GRADES 9-12

Caption: New Soul

Student: Audrey Kujawa

School: Timberline High School

Teacher: Thorpe

Statement: look at the detail on the bark of the tree. so bold, strong, and thick reaching out to the sky growing taller and taller every day.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

GRADES 5-6

 

Brayden Allman

Brayden Allman

Caption: Along The Greenbelt

Student: Brayden Allman

Grade: 5

School: Mountain View Elementary School, Boise

Teacher: Jennifer Jarvis

Statement: When you look at the forest it seems overwhelmingly large. Therefore, it is important to notice the beauty and detail of an individual tree.

Siara Prpich

Siara Prpich

Caption: Dramatic Skies

Student: Siara Prpich

Grade: 6

School: Lakes Magnet Middle School, Couer d’ Alene

Teacher: Stacey Doerr

Statement: Once youve walked through the forest and seen the woods, next you have to look to the sky

 

 

Reed Spurling

Reed Spurling

Caption: Stumped!

Student: Reed Spurling

Grade: 6

School: St. Mary’s School, Moscow

Teacher: Chris Lohrmann

Statement: I think it is great how the forest is not wasteful. The mulch from this stump is fertilizing the other trees growing there. Also, I’m sure that the ants love it!

GRADES 7-8

Trisha Brinkley

Trisha Brinkley

Caption: New Beginnings

Student: Trisha Brinkley

Grade: 8

School: Kuna Middle School

Teacher: Heather Waldal

Statement: This photo is of a developing pinecone. The image relates to new beginnings of forestry and nature. New beginnings in the forest are important because they provide us with the clean air we breathe and also many everyday products. If there wasn’t any new growth in the forest, then there wouldn’t be any new developments in life

Trisha Brinkley

Trisha Brinkley

Caption: Fresh

Student: Trisha Brinkley

Grade: 8

School: Kuna Middle School

Teacher: Heather Waldal

Statement: This photo represents the freshness that the forest provides for us. The trees are so important to the environment because it provides us with the clean air, water, shelter, and other resources we need. An increase in the amount of trees in our forest would result in a healthier environment for all of us.

Mila Chavez

Mila Chavez

Caption: Trees come upon many uses

Student: Mila Chavez

Grade: 8

School: Jerome Middle School

Teacher: Lori Cottle

Statement: Every tree has a use. In Idaho we have all kinds of trees and with these trees we make all sort of stuff, both indoors and outdoors

Natalie Cortez

Natalie Cortez

Caption: Forest In Hiding

Student: Natalie Cortez

Grade: 8

School: Jerome Middle School

Teacher: Lori Cottle

Statement: Trees surround us everywhere, just look around you. From a sheet of paper, to a new book, then wooden tables in dining rooms, forests are a huge part of our lives, especially in Idaho. We’ll never be able to escape this beautiful sight, but then again who would want to?

Sarah Daman

Sarah Daman

Caption: Bridge To The Past

Student: Sarah Daman

Grade: 8

School: Lakeside Middle School, Plummer

Teacher: Jennifer Hall

Statement: The peaceful but eerie bridge of an old fallen tree may just take you back in time. Back in time when the deer and all sorts of wild animals ran rampant throughout the forest. A time when it was all so peaceful, as most forests are.

Jada Haney

Jada Haney

Caption: Folded In Your Love

Student: Jada Haney

Grade: 8

School: East Junior High, Boise

Teacher: Jeannine Hall

Statement: 

The sun set
I think of you
The one I have met
Who knew you were it
The only thing that made me fit
You hold me in your arms
You fold me in your love
When I look up I see your leaves
And think what a beautiful tree

Avery Stansberry

Avery Stansberry

Caption: Moose Creek at Twilight

Student: Avery Stansberry

Grade: 8

School: Upper Carmen Charter School

Teacher: Tom Mentzer

Statement: The trees framed this picture beautifully. I had to run and get my camera before I missed it. It seemed to be changing every second. This picture was taken at our school’s reading camp location near Moose Creek on the Salmon-Challis Forest.

Gabe Strain

Gabe Strain

Caption: Mysterious Night

Student: Gabe Strain

Grade: 8

School: Jerome Middle School

Teacher: Lori Cottle

Statement: When I stopped on Yahoo trail at Pomerelle Ski Resort to take a few pictures, I noticed a very mysterious scene. I looked up and saw that the full moon outside had just pierced through the wispy clouds illuminating the beautiful forest.

GRADES 9-12

Aaron G Crossingham

Aaron G Crossingham

Caption: The Blaze

Student: Aaron G Crossingham

Grade: 11

School: Sandpoint High School

Teacher: John Hastings

Statement: 

I gaze into the blazing sun
As it peeks through the bare trees
It radiates and transcends onto the cold dewy ground
Trees soak up the light and scratch the sky
The world slowly arouses from its deep somnolent sleep
Song birds sing their melodious harmonies
From the sun the world becomes life

Emily Dannenhauer

Emily Dannenhauer

Caption: Rising Towers

Student: Emily Dannenhauer

Grade: 10

School: Hagerman Jr/Sr High School

Teacher: Leslie Priebe

Statement: Autumn in the woods of Sun Valley.

 

Jayne Nielsen

Jayne Nielsen

Caption: River of Life

Student: Jayne Nielsen

Grade: 11

School: Borah Senior High School

Teacher: Michelle Harmon

Statement: This is the essence of the forest: blue skies, lush and rich trees with a creek perfectly placed, that gives life to trees, plants, and animals. Silver Creek is quintessentially picturesque. I was awed by the beauty of the forest. That is what it means to look to the forest.

Jamie Newsome

Jamie Newsome

Caption: Fall Phoenix

Student: Jamie Newsome

Grade: 10

School: Moscow High School

Teacher: Lee Ann Eareckson

Statement: While walking home from school on a lovely fall day, I was awestruck by the beauty around me. There is a certain hope in seeing the leaves of this year’s fall, looking forward to the new, young life that will follow in the hardy maple saplings.

Sarah Ridgway

Sarah Ridgway

Caption: A Peek Through the Shadows

Student: Sarah Ridgway

Grade: 9

School: Idaho Virtual Academy, Meridian

Teacher: Carolyn Ridgway (Mentor)

Statement: Though life may seem dark and shadowy at times, there will always be a bright spot to be found.

Kirsten Robinson

Kirsten Robinson

Caption: Break through The Barrier

Student: Kirsten Robinson

Grade: 9

School: East Jr. High School, Boise

Teacher: Jeannine Hall

Statement: As I look to the forest I watch the gallant and symbolic eagle wrap its bright and strong talons around the branch supporting its precious life. As the eagle finds its courage to fly, it breaks through the barriers of the many branches and begins life among the forest.

Tori Skiles

Tori Skiles

  Caption: Serenity


Student:
 Tori Skiles

Grade: 9

School: Timberline High School, Weippe

Teacher: Robyn Bonner

Statement: I took this picture while driving down a dirt road along the North Fork. I loved the way the water came down and everything else around it. I decided I would take a picture so I could look at it whenever I want, and remember how beautiful the North Fork is.

Joel Smith

Joel Smith

Caption: Lingering Shadows

Student: Joel Smith

Grade: 11

School: Gold Hill Academy, Sagle

Teacher: John Hastings

Statement: This photo has the feeling of looking forward and up, causing a sensation of hope for the future and gratefulness for the present, for our forests and for ourselves.

Annica Woolley

Annica Woolley

Caption: Pearl Drop

Student: Annica Woolley

Grade: 10

School: Moscow High School

Teacher: Jason Huff

Statement: In our lives there are so many precious moments that we fail to seize. This photo captures the fleeting moment of a drop lingering on the branch of an Evergreen tree.