NEW WILDFIRES BURNING……
A passerby captured this photo as the firefighters were springing into action.
This morning I am feeling incredibly anxious due to the current situation facing the area where I live. Although there is no immediate danger at this time the smell of smoke and the haze from the wildfires to our north have left my heart racing.
We live in a beautiful wooded area. Our immediate neighbors are deer, rabbits, owls, armadillos, the occasional opossum and dozens and dozens of beautiful birds. Living in this area has so many wonderful benefits; incredibly quiet days and the darkest nights that give way to millions of stars.
I can look out any window in my home and see rabbits nibbling on the wildflowers. I can turn and gaze through another window and a small herd of deer are meandering along the edge of the property. When I step outside there is a gentle rustle in treetops as the squirrels scurry about foraging for their next meal. And all the while the air is filled with the sweet songs of birds calling to one another.
However, today is a bit different. My piece of mind is a bit shaken. As beautiful as our wooded wonderland is..it is also a tinder box. Our area is incredibly dry from months upon months of little to no rain. Our lawns no longer resemble manicured golf course greens. They more likely resemble dried up hay fields. The wooded areas are full of dead dried up trees that have succumbed to the drought conditions. The dried underbrush and dead grasses are natural kindling. What was a cool comfortable breezy September patio dining day is now just fuel for the fires.
My heart aches for those who are in the path of these fires, those who are fighting the fires and for the beautiful landscape that will be changed for years and years. If you are a praying person please pray for our firefighters, the families who have lost everything and the wildlife that has been affected. If you are not a praying person please send good thoughts our way.
I am keeping an eye on the sky and my computer tuned to the news stations for developing stories..I am more anxious today than when I have been faced with an impending hurricane, even a category 4.