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Forest Fire Revisited

October 23, 2011

Each day, driving between William Lake and Grand Rapids, we pass the site of the 2008 forest fire. One evening near sunset the light is perfect, and Dave and I stop to take photos.

The ground is green, but above where there should be canopy is only superstructure. The trees slowly disintegrate, branchlet to branch to trunk to stump. As extremities crumble, so the bark unfurls to reveal white skeletons beneath. These bones are desiccated, hardened to freeze-dried iron toughness, but as summers pass they too will fall to time and decay.

No birds sing, and the wind soughs gently between the  trunks; I wonder if it wonders why it makes so empty a sound. Under the cold setting sun it is an eerie place.

We contemplate for a minute or two and snap a few more shots. It is definitely time to see what is on the menu in Grand Rapids. Somewhere warm, where there are people.

© Graham Young, 2011

7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2011 12:23 am

    Have you ever considered writing a book about … stuff? Just… generally about stuff, or the world, or something like that? You have such a lovely way with words, that you could write your experience at a Superstore and it would be magic.

    • Graham permalink*
      October 24, 2011 9:17 am

      Thank you, Maya and Peter. Maya, I would love to write a book about stuff in general; these meagre posts are about all I find time for at the moment, but perhaps some time in the future I will be able to begin merging these bits into a more coherent form. Meanwhile, I am actually writing a piece about “stuff”; maybe I will push it forward in the queue for you.

  2. Peter Lee permalink
    October 24, 2011 9:09 am

    Graham: Interesting reflective words and pictures of utmost desolation…. the silence overwhelming…

  3. David Greenwood permalink
    October 24, 2011 6:41 pm

    As always, sublime imagery. My fav are the top and bottom images.

  4. Graham permalink*
    October 24, 2011 9:16 pm

    Thanks David. I hope that your strike is close to being settled!

  5. Kate permalink
    October 25, 2011 3:25 pm

    Where is this Grand Rapids?
    Yes, I too appreciate your musing on the earthy world.

    • Graham permalink*
      October 25, 2011 3:37 pm

      Kate, thank you for your comment. Grand Rapids MB is 400 kilometres NNW of Winnipeg; a long way from almost anywhere populous, in other words!

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