Yeah, by all accounts 2017 was a wretched year. 2018 seems no better. I have been at turns sad, angry, disappointed, bitter, troubled, enraged and a slew of other descriptors I won’t trouble you with. Trump and his band of destroyers will do that to a person.
I find solace in the natural world, always have but I find an even greater need for the wonder and joy in the views and lives of a world untroubled by the madness we are otherwise surrounded by. Sadly, we have to ask, how long will we have even this? With the ongoing attacks on public land here in the US to the assaults on the Endangered Species Act and all wildlife which can have world-wide affects, we all need to find that space in peace or beauty that can heal.
Beauty is still out there, we just have to find it. And protect it.
The Hayden Pass wildfire went from a lightning strike, quietly smoldering to over 5,000 acres in one day to over 12,000 acres that night. Many people evacuated from the small community of Coaldale, directly below the fire. Huge amount of beetle killed pines (winter is no longer cold enough to kill off most of the beetle larvae, thank you, climate change) are the fuel, high, hot winds blast it across the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Far enough away (could be 5 or 6 miles as the raven flies) to be of no concern for our safety, near enough to set our nerves on edge, wildfire is our new reality. (more…)