Once-in-a-lifetime.

April 2, 2012 § 4 Comments

Bitterroot National Forest Fire

This great picture was taken in Bitterroot National Forest in Montana on August 6, 2000. The photographer, John McColgan, is a fire behavior analyst from Fairbanks, Alaska. Because he was working at the time he took the picture he cannot profit from it; however, he feels the picture is a once-in-a-lifetime shot and should be shared.

http://www.ebsinstitute.com/ebs.Fire.html

Buffalo Gallatin National Forest Montana

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2426/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4764

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“We can make peace with the rest of creation, perhaps more easily than we can make peace with our own kind.  Unlike humans, who seethe with resentment over past wrongs, the whales and wolves and rivers and woods hold no grudges.  They answer our love with healing.  What more joyful and promising work could there be than to help nurture and restore the wild?  And for that good work we have a powerful ally in wildness itself.” – Scott Russell Sanders

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§ 4 Responses to Once-in-a-lifetime.

  • sandy says:

    I feel so bad for the animals!
    One of the scariest fire books I ever read was about Montana.
    This is really an outstanding shot, isn’t it?

    • southwestdesertlover says:

      Yes, and the person who took the photo was working in Montana back in 2000 – down from his home in Fairbanks, Alaska. (another place on my Bucket List is Alaska…)

  • We were in Alaska a few years back and while in Fairbanks for a couple of days the fires in the area were so bad that:
    1) when starting our descent to come in to land at the airport the plane filled with smoke, and
    2) the smoke was so thick in the town that it was like permanent dusk all day and you had to drive with headlights on all the time.

  • southwestdesertlover says:

    Goodness, now *that* is a scary landing. I guess most Fairbanks residents were used to driving in low light conditions with the darkness during the Winter months. Thank you for posting a reply; it’s always good to “see” you!

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