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Wednesday, 6 May 2009

(Not) Wordless #38 - Life Goes On

“in three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.”~Robert Frost
The fire zone behind my house
The path that leads back to the house
Walking though the forest behind my house and seeing all the destruction from the fire was a little overwhelming at first, standing there in all that soot and darkness... I couldn't help but shed a tear. Just as David and I were starting to walk back to the house, a little Chickadee whizzed past me, then another and another. I stopped, closed my eyes and just listened and what I heard was not the silence I had expected, but the sound of a forest full of life. There were Chickadees and Wrens singing, and off in the distance I could hear a pair of Mourning Doves cooing, there were flies buzzing by and squirrels chattering. Amidst all the ghostly remains of the forest -- life goes on.


Ps. I think it would fun to take weekly walks to the burn zone with my camera so I can document all the re-growth.

13 comments:

Sherry said...

Weekly walks to document or chronicle the regrowth would be interesting.
Where do you live? There have been several major fires recently. Just curious.

WackyMummy said...

Wow. That looks severe. I had no idea it was so close to your house... Glad you and your house survived. :)

When I lived in southern California (during the extraordinarily bad fires of '03-'04), we learned that it was terrible only because of over-development and the prevention of forest fires for so long, that so much deadfall had built up... it was an inferno waiting to happen. And now, behind my house in the woods here on the South Shore... same thing is happening. I shudder to think of a fire burning here because, although the forest really needs it, it's gonna be a rough one when it happens. Luckily, there's Evan and myself pulling out deadfall almost on a daily basis for our little cookouts in the backyard... helping out in whatever way we can! ;)

Glad the forest is still full of life. Like Sherry said, it would be nice to see how it comes back over time.

Shadow said...

that hurts! i have been told, however, that fires promote new and fresh growth and stuff, but still..... looking forward to seeing the re-growth if you will.

Gal Friday said...

I can imagine I would be heartbroken, too, walking through a landscape like that. (there must be an overwhelming "burnt" smell?)
But I felt better for you that you got that little bit of reassurance that nature still carries on, by seeng and hearing the forest birds. So small and so tough at the same time.

Hazel said...

life certainly does go on. a wonderful promise.

happy wednesday.

Amber said...

it's amazingly poetic what damage a fire can do, and what new life it can bring forth.

only a movie said...

I think documenting the regrowth is an awesome task for you to undertake.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I would love to see the pictures documenting the regrowth.

LarryG said...

lovely observation jack.
from one puddle jumper to another.

Liz said...

A very, very nice post - pictures and words. I would also love to see documentation of the regrowth, I hope you do it!

bgrantpaul said...

Wow, haunting.

kaye said...

I'm sure your eye will watch with wonder the healing of the forest around you, I'm looking forward to watching it through your eyes--God Bless!

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

Indeed, It Goes On" (Life , that is!) So glad you will be wwatching new life renew itself here in this landscaping! Fires are so scary - most people have no idea that damage that can be done in these wildfires - how fast they spread etc. Stay Safe!