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Aspen Fire, Eleven Years Out   1 comment

Brunt Trees (1 of 1) blogNear The Top of Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

Eleven years ago much of Mt. Lemmon was damaged by forest fire, Aspen Fire. As nature will have its way, much of the burned area has been reclaimed with maybe twenty more years before the forest to reach it previous height.

The other day while hiking the WIlderness Rock trail under a deep blue shy, I noticed the brilliant contrast of gray-white “sticks” along mountain ridge. Part of nature’s reclamation is the slow downing of the burned trees. Each year, more of more of the sticks are falling.

kenne

Monument To A Forest Fire   3 comments

Brunt Trees (1 of 1)_Art blogMonument to a Forest Fire (2002 Bullock Fire, Santa Catalina Mountains)– Image by kenne

I walk the mountain trails
where colorful flowers grow
along magical paths
for me to follow.

Over head the sun shines brightly
warming my skin in the cool breeze
as the tall grasses 
sway back and forth.

Scattered clouds begin to congregate, 
cool raindrops fall on my face
while quenching the thirst
of earth’s plants and animals.

The clouds grow darker
as the lightning thunder
shares the mountain sound stage
with the wind blowing through the trees.

Animals seek shelter in the forest
running from the lightning
striking the dry forest floor
leaving behind fire sound effects.

— kenne

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