I find that I’m just not able to focus in any meaningful way now given Mr. wd’s and mine at least part-time new jobs to help our neighbor and off-again, on again friend of forty-five years. Still, when the chips are down, it’s a good thing for us to actively love even those who aren’t are favorites, no? So…we are doing so. Mr. wd has plenty of duties himself, and I’m, making food for him, as well as for those friends of his who mind-bogglingly volunteer to spend all night with him. But I admit that neither of of are coping terribly well with it, and we’d damned well better adapt soon, because it was just decided that rather go to a stoke rehab residential center, all of the therapists: OT, PT, and speech therapists…will come to him. And he has a long, long, trail to to walk to recovery.
Whinge over for now. My contribution is this. The above photo I took in June of 2012 when we returned home from being evacuated for four days when our nearest mountain, Menefee, burned to ashes. You may be able to sense that the ashes are being stirred by a slight breeze, causing the mountain to shimmer, almost in the way a chimera would blink it in…and out…of this world. The remaining ponderosa pines hadn’t burned due to the many slurry bombers and helicopter water-drops. Many of them had their needles burned away, and many bare trunks are still standing…in the way of zombie trees.
More photos are at my flickr account, in no coherent time order. I lost all the rest when my last top crashed and burned. You can toggle a slideshow by clicking the teevee screen in the upper right-hand corner. The one below is from June of this year. The vegetation is coming back slowly, of course, but the topography has changed almost unimaginably with the falling boulders creating new cracks and crevices, and the sole ‘trees’ are the starts of gambel shrub oak, a few berry bushes. I’d blogged about the fire in three essays at My.firedoglake, but they’ve taken down all of the photos. This is the second one, kinda boring with no pics.
But please do talk among yourselves while I try to catch up and sort myself out a bit. Or hopefully, more than a bit. ;-)