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Thursday, June 21, 2012


For Sky Watch 
For Our World
For ABC - X factor
For Midweek Blues
For Outdoor Wednesday

Coming home from Mothers Day (mid May), 
saw this plume of smoke
too early in the year, I thought
yet grabbed my camera

Didn't see traffic slowing down, or bumper to bumper, 
so it must be someone burning their trash

In California we are so used to fires,
that even passing a fire across the road
cars did not slow down
and happily drove at high speed

Having escaped the major evacuations
of the Yosemite fires years ago,  just by half an hour
I've seen the eeriness of a fire that builds and builds
a foot away from the car.

...A week later,
a fire caused by sparks of the exhaust of a motorbike
burning more than 200 acres!
now you know why  
any plume of smoke is an X-factor,
immediately catching my attention.



Jim said...


Pieces of Sunshine said...

Not pleasant. Where we live we have flood risks. When heavy rain is forecast I can feel my alertness rising.....

Bev said...

Amazing shots!!

Anonymous said...

Great pics - but so sad to see fire.

nonizamboni said...

Stunning captures. . .eerie and a bit frightening to see such bright flames.
Take care!

Rudee said...

We had a very early and quite destructive fire in the upper peninsula of Michigan this spring. After such a dry winter, early hot and dry spring, there are sure to be more. Of course, fire is part of the renewal process too, so while it's hard to see the destruction, the knowledge that new growth will come is encouraging. I find it interesting that pine trees need the heat of fire to release the resin that holds seeds in the cones. Fire helps pine forests regenerate.

I hope Yellowstone has no fires that keep us from visiting this summer.

Gary said...

That scares us too!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

mary said...

That would definitely scares me! Thanks for the visit I do appreciate it.
Mary, MI

Whitemist said...

We have gottn into a wet season in CT after what i thought would be dry - but that is what happens. For us warm for June, but no fires

Anonymous said...

I think I was very afraid as I was there. Cool shots.

Vicki Lane said...

Great pictures ... but what a worrying time, to be sure.

Emille said...

Indeed it is! Thanks for stopping by:)

Pieces of Sunshine,
That's a familiar feeling! Being on the alert is good!

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Only when you live here, you can understand how dry and flammable everything in the landscape becomes.

Yes, even thoughwe deal with this every year, it's still frightening!

I'll hope with you no fires will break out while you're at Yellowstone! True about the regeneration of the forest, it's so sad to see a burnt area!
Was not aware that Michigan could be so dry....

With such large areas of forests where you live, I can imagine!

With a fire, it's the smoke that is soo unhealthy! Since a large fire can burn for a week, or longer, you understand...

So your state is okay right now! Thanks for coming by! I value your input:)

Thank you for your comment and also for coming by!

Vicky Lane,
Sometimes I wonder why I want to live here! Fires, earthquakes...

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I can recall the first time I stood outside my front door and I could smell wood smoke from a bush fire - made me change my mind out living in a bush area here.

I'd live in the country most of my life - but I have no real wish to see any fires other than the one in the fireplace!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Fun60 said...

How scary. I don't think I would have the nerve to drive past.

Roger Owen Green said...

folks' obliviousness to these are almost as scary as the fires themselves.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

VioletSky said...

I think a raging forest fire must be one of the more scarier disasters to live through - so unpredictable and so fast.

Rebecca said...

I've been watching the news about the fires in Colorado. Horrific! They would catch my attention too.

Reader Wil said...

Bush fires are horrible. I have seen a bush fire in Australia . It was such a terrible sight and I also saw the result of bush fires, which was just as shocking. Everything in the surroundings was black. Let's hope that this year is wet enough to keep the fires away, but not too wet to enjoy summer.

chubskulit said...

Uh-oh, fire is scary.

Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Leslie: said...

Another reason to not like motorcycles...

abcw team

Sallie ( said...

We've been in Colorado recently where fires are destroying a good part of the state....scary stuff really frightening.

Betsy Grant said...

Yes fires spread quickly don't they. Your photos are amazing though!

DawnTreader said...

No smoke without fire... Always a reason to take eXtra caution

Judy SheldonWalker said...

We have had no rain for so long and the grass is so dry that I am concerned by the fireworks many want to set off.

Jeannette StG said...

You are right, the smoke can do as much damage as the fire itself!

If you have seen a few fires, you kind of know how fast it will go. Here, the wind blew away from the road...

Well put, Roger!

The only good thing about it is that there's more time to escape than in a house.

Yes, I keep hearing about it too -not good!

Reader Wil,
Unfortunately, the after effects of a fire are seen and felt for years:(

Indeed, good to stay far away from fites!

In dry and hot climates like California, any spark can set off a fire:(

I hope you're not close by there,are you? If so, keep safe!

Unfortunately the fire that is in the news in Colorado has spread quickly:(

You are so right! How are you doing? Hope all is well!

Pat Tillett said...

Yep! It's one of the biggest negatives about living in southern California. Well that and the mud slides, earthquakes, etc. I still can't think of a better place to live. At least weather wise, that is...