Thursday, October 1, 2009

Theme Day: Contrast

This is not a scene from the Station Fire. It's the remains of a small brush fire that occurred within the Cobb Estate in Altadena within the last year. I thought it appropriate for today's City Daily Photo blog theme day because it shows the contrast of the burned forest in the foreground and the living forest behind it.

The Cobb Estate is a natural, wild area that belongs to the U.S. Forest Service. It didn't burn in the Station Fire but it remains closed (see the closed gates here) in order to aid the USFS in limiting access to the burn area. The station fire burned more than 250 square miles of forest and is still burning in some spots after more than five weeks.

We look forward to the reopening of our forests, although we know what we'll see when we get back up in the mountains will be in stark contrast with what we remember.

Check out the other blogs participating in today's theme.

19 comments:

Laurie said...

Lovely, P. And yesterday's post is so wonderful too!

Shell Sherree said...

A thoughtful choice, Petrea. And it encouraged me to see what I could find on regeneration after the Melbourne bushfires in February and I was glad I found these photos, full of hope.

PS Not wanting to be bossy but you might want to visit when you get up in the morning... you'll understand when you pop over. :)

Shell Sherree said...

{I should have called them the Victorian bushfires, to be properly correct ~ sorry!}

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Dina said...

A sad picture, half-sad, but a good before and after contrast.

Virginia said...

nice interpretation of the theme and appropriate after what all you've gone through there.
V

Petrea said...

Thanks, everyone. I hope to get some free time later today and visit some blogs! See what everyone's done with this theme.

Cafe Pasadena said...

I'm gonna take your wise old advice to ck out the other loco blogger's theme postings for 2day. Then, I'll contrast them to see which was the best.

ben wideman said...

Great idea for today's theme, Petrea.

Pascal Jim said...

A starkly beautiful composition.

Jilly said...

What a shot. Certainly a contrast to the living forest behind but you know you'll be surprised, forests regenerate after fire - seed pods, long dormant, sprout. It may take time but it will surely happen. Well it did in Australia, perhaps S. California is different but I hope not.

JM said...

Sad but very clever, Petrea!

Chuck Pefley said...

Life and death ... perfect.

Margaret said...

Timely and thoughtful

Bellis said...

I wonder how this fire started?

marley said...

I think this is a really thoughtful post. And a good photo too.

Ms M said...

Fitting tribute to contrast -- and the cycle of destruction and re-birth.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Congrats, P!
We may wanna xchange our fabulous prizes...

Petrea said...

Whoo! A long and busy day. Thank you all for your visits and gracious comments. I have been rushing this week and not visiting as many blogs as I like to. I hope to have more time this weekend to be a participant in this delightful online community.