Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lightning fire in Joshua Tree National Park




I stayed at school all day today (it was a teacher prep day) and I didn't leave for home until about 4:30 p.m. Yes, it was a LONG day!!! Yesterday and this afternoon, thunderheads developed over the Coachella Valley. It rained up in our local mountains yesterday (as I'm sure it did today), and there were also some lightning strikes today. In fact, five fires were started due to lightning. ...sigh...(so sad)! One of the fires is up in Joshua Tree National Park and, while I was driving home, I spotted the smoke. It was pretty easy to spot, even among the afternoon clouds. My heart sank. I thought of all the animals like desert tortoises that are up in Joshua Tree and wondered how they could escape the destruction. The fire continued to rage on all afternoon. I know because I stopped at our son's home in Indio for dinner and I went outside to see its unfortunate progress a few times. By the time I left at dusk, I could see flames leaping up over the tops of the hills and it saddened me. We all gathered around the evening news to learn that there had been HAIL this afternoon in Warner Springs, but 5 lightning fires around the Coachella Valley.


4 comments:

Barb said...

Ahh... I thought I could smell smoke this evening.

Carolyn Ford said...

This is so sad...

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Questo รจ molto triste e doloroso...

rohrerbot said...

It's difficult when a beloved area has a massive fire and you can hope for the best for those animals. In Tucson, we were hit hard with the Mt. Lemmon fire or when Sabino Canyon had major flood damage...all areas we Tucsonans treasure....but things will recover...it's the way nature works:) Trees are growing again on Mt. Lemmon and our trails were eventually reestablished at Sabino Canyon....you can only hope the firefighters contain it quickly. It's a beautiful monument.