Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thursday Theme - Unfortunate Glow

Seems my Thursdays keep taking on such serious themes.

Monday evening I stopped at the pier and found myself alongside a few other photographers, both amateur and professional, to take a some pictures of the breathtaking sunset. I knew it would be beautiful because the Malibu fires had been burning since the early morning hours the previous day and, unfortunately, several new fires had popped up in the following 24 hours. Once smoke and ash get into the atmosphere, you can guarantee a vividly colorerful sunset.
At a GREAT cost.

Wednesday was an eerie and extremely hot day. (Mid-eighties near the beaches.) And at 10:00 a.m. I looked out the window to notice the golden hour shadows on a wall - only it wasn't even noon and that wall faces east. The entire sky was luminous all day long.



We stayed inside for the most part, except to run an errand. After all, a layer of ash covered everything outside and smell the smoke gets into your lungs and nose. And we're 60 miles from the nearest fire!!
Edited Thursday, 9AM - Okay, my husband corrected me, we are 25 miles away from the closest fire.

I do love the glow of warm orange light. But I know the amount of loss it represents.

Harrison's toys left behind in the morning *glow* of the guest room. Where is he, you ask? Downstairs watching Super Why! No preschool today!
Not after finding out what he's learning at school! Okay. well. not really.



Keep those affected by the fires in your thoughts and prayers.

Now head over to Picture This to see what others are glowing about today...I can't wait to see!

13 comments:

Ashlea said...

a great cost indeed. But it really is a pretty glow...

Kelly Bera said...

Eerily majestic....
Hope you and yours remain safe.

Blueberry and the Bean said...

sunsets are beautiful and sad at the same time.
great shots!

Brittany said...

wow. Those are amazing. What I wouldn't give to just "stop at the pier".... Beautiful!

Christina said...

Those truly are beautiful pictures...but so, so sad. I hadn't relaized you (or Carrie) were so close to the fires...stay safe!

Cari said...

Those are gorgeous glowing shots. It is hard to even comprehend from TV the magnitude of the fires in CA. We are definitely keeping our prayers going for everyone affected and hoping that the fires are contained soon.

Super Why is a big hit at our house too. :)

Colleen said...

It truly is unfortunate that such beautiful light comes at such a price. Stay safe.

chaoticfamily said...

Stunning shots.

Will be thinking of you all that are in danger of the fires. It is very tragic.

Stacy said...

Yes, a great cost, but a beautiful picture. Great job! My little guy LOVES Super Why, too.

I know you can hear me... said...

Those are magnificent shots! Even at a great cost.

And we're with you - we LOVE Super Why!

Arizaphale said...

Have been wondering about you SoCal gals in all this fire terror. Hope they don't get ANY nearer. But you did get some neat shots. I love the one of the wall.
We are entering bushfire season here too so we certainly keep all those affected by the fires in our prayers.

carrie said...

And did you see the moon rising last night? It also was quite stunning...but yeah, the cost is just too high.

I love the building one as well...great captures.

Mandaroo said...

Thank you for your nice comments and concern you wrote on my blog. We are very lucky and very relieved to be safe and home. 25 miles from you, huh? Gosh, they were just everywhere! We even saw flames in the hills as our plane was coming in. It was crazy. Well, it's getting better, and I'm glad the worst is over. Your sunset shots are stunning, and yet a sad reminder....Take care! Mandy