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 18, 2011
Forests and wildfires~Nature Notes~081811
Yesterday hubby and I drove down by Alpine, Arizona, scene of this July's massive Wallow fire. We had previously been to Alpine and Hannigan Meadows and Springerville back in 2000, when I first bought my Honda Accord. We enjoyed seeing all the lush forests and green meadows. This trip, however, was depressing. Much of the area off the highway down to Hannigan Meadows had been burned. Tall, stark, black trees lined the road. There was a road crew working to remove dead trees and debris and as I sat there waiting for the road to open up again, I wondered, "Why are people so darn STUPID?" If I remember correctly, both the Rodeo and Chedeski fires were human-caused...one by a motorist who was stranded, the other by an arsonist. These two fires then merged to become Arizona's largest wildfire...that is, until this July's Wallow fire. We saw so many beautiful animals yesterday~gray squirrels, chipmunks, elk, deer, eagles, osprey...what happens to their homes after a fire? How do little chipmunks outrun one? It just boggles my mind even thinking about that. Most (nearly ALL) of the forest roads were closed, due to the fire. Hubby even saw one cabin which was burned. All that was left was the fireplace...so sad. Someone lived there~that was someone's HOME. As I sit here this morning, in our rented cabin for the week, I hear the cries of a Cooper's hawk. What would become of its home, its territory? I'm sharing a photo this morning and I hope that it isn't too depressing...while fire IS a natural part of a forest, certainly HUMAN caused ones are another story. Nature Notes for August 18, 2011. ** The cause of the Wallow fire is currently under investigation, but it is believed to be human-caused.*** To read other Nature Notes, please go to: http://ramblingwoods.com/