I am not only feeling the emotional effects of that forest fire, but also the environmental effects of it. The sky over Rosehaven Cottage has been hazy and brown all day because of the smoke that is drifting from seemingly so far away.
The light in the garden was very different as the sun pulsated through the haze. I found the light to be rather intriguing from a photographic standpoint. The colors around the garden took on the hues of amber and terra cotta--hues of autumn. The amber light reflected off the peach flagstones, the butter yellow walls of Rosehaven Cottage, the cool blue surface of the pond and the skins of the pomegranates in a magical way.
Above: Pomegranates against Rosehaven Cottage
Above: Pomegranates and pomegranate blossom on slate
Above: A little 3 inch long lizard on flagstone regarding me as I photograph it.
Above: Barley or millet that sprouted from the winter birdseed (which I let grow and go to seed).
Regardless of how magical it makes my photographs look, it brings me sadness to know that the places that I love so dearly are in danger of or are actually burning right now. Those places include what I consider to be the most beautiful National Park in the United States--Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park. According to news reports, the fast-moving fire has claimed over 18,000 acres and is only 5% percent contained when it was originally estimated at being 15% contained. Over 1,000 firefighters have been called up to fight the forest fire that started on private land. I pray that many miracles big and small will happen to end this and the other fires that are burning throughout the state of California. I also pray for the safety of those brave men and women that are fighting the fires and for their families that love them and are concerned for them right now.