Besides some recovery from the 1988 fires on the west side of Yellowstone Lake, this series of images shows the effects of another fire.
Frank Island is the largest island in Yellowstone Lake. The island was set up as a protected area for ospreys that nest on the island. The public is not allowed on the island during the summer. Only a small picnic area on the southeast point is open for visitor use.
On August 8, 2003, lightning struck Frank Island. An inferno quickly engulfed nearly all of the old growth trees. Most of the forest on the island burned.
The first image in this series is from one week before the lightning strike that started the fire. The island appears deep green in the middle of the lake. In the other images, virtually no vegetation remains on the island. The green was replaced by pink, which indicates barren ground.