June 12, 2012

A Strange Kind of Beauty

Hello friends - this post is not at all stamping related, but I had to share this with you.  You may have heard about the High Park Fire here in northern Colorado and it just happens to be about 10 miles NW of where I live.  We've had a couple fires in the area already this year, but this one, by far, is the most devastating.  It started on Saturday morning when lightning struck the mountainside.  Because it's been so dry, we often get lightning storms without any rain, so the winds and the dry brush are a recipe for wildfire.  


Sunday night as the sun was setting, the smoke from the fire had this eerie glow to it.  It's strangely beautiful, and yet so frightening.  How can something so devastating be so pretty?  I went to the edge of my neighborhood and snapped some pictures.  This is looking west toward the foothills; the fires are just behind that second hogback. 


The smoke was mesmerizing as it lifted up from the hills.  It was like watching clouds form in fast motion, billowing up to the unknown. 


All of my thoughts and prayers are with those who are directly affected by this fire - the firefighters, the pilots, the families who have been evacuated, not knowing whether their home is still standing.  It's heartbreaking to see and know that the landscape is forever changed.



16 comments:

  1. Devastatingly beautiful pictures! I didn't know you were so close...I'm in Windsor and work in Fort Collins. Where are you?

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  2. Gorgeous pics, Karen. Those poor people. You're not in the line of fire (so to speak) are you? Stay safe!

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  3. Your pics are stunning, Karen! So glad to hear you aren't near the danger... such a tragic event for those in the middle of it.

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  4. Karen, I love your eye...stunning shots and the color is so rich. Beautiful pictures! We had a fire like that back when we lived in San Diego, it was only two miles from our house and burned for days. We had thick ash everywhere and a bright red sun for a long time. Glad you and the family are safe!

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  5. Fabulous shots! We had a huge fire in teh interior of BC a few summers ago that wiped out some wineries and lots of homes. Was tough to see on the news. Glad you are safe and sound and hope they can get this one under control soon!

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  6. Hi Karen - I thought about you today and wondered how close the fire is to you. I'm so sad this is happening. I'm sure breathing in that smoke isn't helping many in your town. Be safe 10 miles is really close. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  7. I feel so bad for everyone, I notice in the last photo a strange cloud that looks alot like a devil with horns and eyes, spooky.

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  8. Those are beautiful pics and fires can be so mesmerizing we almost forget how deadly they can be . Stay safe and I hope you don't have to evacuate. Fingers crossed we don't get any fires this season down in El Paso county.

    Shelby

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  9. Your photos do capture the beauty of the fire in the clouds w/the sun shining through. Living in UT for over 20 yrs, we saw many fires in the mountains. We lived in the valleys so were not affected (other than sometimes the smoke.) My heart goes out to all of those affected by this devastaing blaze. They certainly have my prayers. TFS your pictures and thoughts, Karen. :)

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  11. I thank God you and yours are safe Karen, and our prayers also are for ALL those affected by the fire!!! PRAYING for lots of rain to put it out SOON!!!!

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  12. Oh wow! That is awfully close, isn't it?! Definitely praying for those around it.
    You captured some amazing pictures.

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  13. Stay safe. We live in fire area in northern California. A few years back we were living what you are living now. We will keep you all in our prayers.

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  14. My heart goes out to all those families having to evacuate that area. We have been waking up to the smell of fire the past several days even down here in the Larkspur area. You have some amazing photos. Be safe.

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  15. So beautiful, and yet so sad. We have awful fires here in Australia, too, and every time I worry for the people in the path of the flames.

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