Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ash Sunday in the forest

Today I walked in ash, silent and alone and in awe, to see the toll taken by yesterday's forest fire.

The olive trees, each individual with a shape of its own in death as in life.

All of this was just 26 hours ago covered by underbrush so thick you couldn't walk through it, except on the paths worn down by jackal traffic.
Here in the late afternoon sun, the ash looks almost like snow.

A scorched ktalav.

An interesting pattern left under the burned bark.

The cables along the monastery's perimeter wall.
The Franciscans will not have electricity for the next 3 or 4 days.

This tree was both bowed down AND uprooted.

The cat was the only one who could get down or up the steep slope that goes down to the monastery buildings. You can see why planes were needed, in these places where men could not stand.
Come back tomorrow for three hopeful pictures that came out of the ashes.


Anonymous said...

Why the fire?

FA said...

Wow! Continuing prayer of thanks that you're okay.

Leif Hagen said...

What a sad situation but hopefully soon new plants and greenery will grow up among the ashes and gray darkness!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wildfire's effects are awesome and it takes some time to recover.

Dimple said...

Forest fires can be devastating. I am glad no one was hurt. I await your photos of hope!

Maggie Ann said...

How terrible!

Petrea said...

Very rough terrain, so similar to ours! I think the firefighters are heroes.

gvarvakis said...

Good morning Dina!
I am very sad about this disaster!! A month ago i felt real pain in my hart looking these pictures in Samos island (Greece) near my village Koumeika :(
Different places the same people Stupidity!!!

Pietro said...

What a devastation. Do you know the exact causes of the fire?

mirae said...

Dina, dear, well that is very sad. I am sending you healing thoughts but you didn't mention anyone injured or deaths so that is awesome.
We have these forest fires here in my canadian city every summer you can count on it.It is amazing how far the smoke travels. Like this blue smoke from another world.

Nevertheless have a beautiful day.

Robin said...

So much damage. I hope the winter brings a lot of healing rains this year.

Do they know yet what started it?

Kay said...

Wow! I'm so sorry, Dina. It all looks so sad...

Cloudia said...

excellent reporting

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I just went into what part of our forest I could get to last night. Same thing. So odd with all the understory gone.