Monday, June 28, 2010

What I didn't know then....

When we were hiking on Friday, I was amazed at the clarity of the sky when we started. As often happens, clouds seemed to fill the sky as the day progressed. After our hike, we stopped by the Visitors Center (have to check out the latest flower guides, you know).

As we got out of the car, I looked over at the strangest clouds forming quickly to the North. They were interesting enough to take photos of...... but what I didn't know then...... was that there were fires starting in a nearby canyon and if you look closely, you will see the strange light coming from beneath the clouds. There are also wisps of smoke (which to my untrained eye.... looked like some sort of wind fluff) coming up from underneath the foothills.

The fires are under control, thanks to Hot Shots that were training nearby. With lightening strikes and careless humans, our mountains are at risk in the Summer. If you have the privilege to come up to the Rocky Mountains (or any outdoor space in your area), Please be very careful of the forests... and put out your fires....dampen them completely...spread the ashes and only have fires in designated areas and with the permission of the area that you are in.

We have many trees that are dead from Pine Beetle.... which makes our forest a tinderbox for fires. Next time, I will pay more attention to the changing sky and clouds..... and I will definitely be very careful to protect these precious forests and mountains when ever I am in or around them.

Take extra care today.... for those around you and the Natural world as well.

Can you see the changing colors of the clouds?
This is an indication of a fire
It often fractures the light and creates a warm cast to the clouds.



Wisps of smoke were starting to pop up into the clouds.
I should have been more aware of these 'hints' of fire nearby.

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