Each year we go to a lot of conferences, and invariably the ASCA conference properly caps things off. Generalizing, the ASCA people are really engaged in pushing the science of arboriculture. They are more interested in taking down and using more data. They’re interesting people doing more and more interesting things, and the mash-up of that and new data systems is exciting, especially if you’re a programmer.
That said, if you’re a non-arborist programmer, the actual sessions can be a bit dull for you. Good thing they sited the show in the middle of Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, which is crazy-beautiful. I spent a good part of last week showing off UFM to people, and then jumping in a rental car and visiting various places around the valley to take pictures.
It was raining. The light was poor. And the sights were stunningly beautiful all the same. Here are a dozen shots taken when I was supposed to be listening attentively to a session.