Category: Smoke

Wildfire Held

Leaving school at day’s end yesterday, billows of white and tan smoke filled the blue sky south from High Level. Product at the Norbord strand-board plant burned. An order for evacuation of residents nearest the plant saw RCMP moving home to home asking people… Continue Reading “Wildfire Held”

Rainbow Re-edit

Two summers ago, my wife, daughter and I enjoyed two weeks on Oahu. We rented a car, a Ford Fusion, for the time and used it to take us on day trips exploring Oahu. In the second week we returned for perhaps the fourth… Continue Reading “Rainbow Re-edit”

From within the Smoke

Outside on Saturday afternoon, I was mowing grass on day 1 of our summer break. Daylight filtered through a light smoke haze. Looking from the yard of our High Level home southward plumes of smoke were notably dark and heavy … and very close… Continue Reading “From within the Smoke”

Wildfires Held

The school year is complete and I am settling into summer bit by bit. For the most part we have a smoky haze surrounding us. Ten kilometres south of High Level, Alberta a wildfire burns and tonight’s most current report is that fire is… Continue Reading “Wildfires Held”

Downtime Edits

The week’s end and our weekend have each held several endeavors, ones that have engaged me fully and used my mind and imagination fully. And, I’ve found that a mild cold has morphed into a productive cough and that I now have a prescription… Continue Reading “Downtime Edits”

Sun Streams, Mist & Pure Seeing

Sun streams down over a mountain through morning’s mist – condensation and wood smoke – into the community of El Tizate. It is morning, perhaps the last day of our time in El Tizate – we wait for our tour bus; I look out… Continue Reading “Sun Streams, Mist & Pure Seeing”

Midnight’s Summer Images

South and east from High Level a wood mill’s burner burns sawdust. North from High Level there’s a sod farm. Both images are summer images shot very close to midnight in early July. Listening to – my own fretting of Dave Matthew’s ‘Crash into… Continue Reading “Midnight’s Summer Images”

81 Years – Today

The following blessing is something that’s opened-out and extended back recollection of my father and his shaping, steadfast hand. It’s his birthday, today … and these words – John O’Donohue’s words, ‘For a Father’ – recall him to me. “The longer we live, The… Continue Reading “81 Years – Today”

Winter’s Wraith-like Wisps

Late on a November Saturday afternoon, wraith-like, wisps of wood smoke drift over winter’s fallow field near Fort Vermilion. A homestead’s woodstove produces an intense dry heat, welcome warmth in the midst of a cold, Alberta winter. The day, a first opportunity to work… Continue Reading “Winter’s Wraith-like Wisps”

Water Bombing & Slinging

Good day, all: Currently, our forest region has 27 fires burning – fourteen are out of control, four are being held and nine are under control. Our temperatures have been hot this week reaching +30C and higher in our corner of Northwestern Alberta. At… Continue Reading “Water Bombing & Slinging”

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