Thursday, July 29, 2010

Like day and night

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The full moon rose at 8 o'clock last Sunday over our neighbor mountain in the Jerusalem Hills.

Just five hours before that same moonrise, that same mountain was enveloped in smoke.
Here you can see the ancient terraces, black and all their vegetation burned.
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Miraculously the forest fire was stopped just outside our village gate (on the right side of this photo).
And the two villages on top of the higher hill were also spared at the last minute.
By early evening it was all over, after 250 acres of woodland had gone up in smoke.
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For SkyWatch Friday. May we, and you, know no more smokey skies, amen!
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(For more about the fire, please see my post from yesterday and from Sunday.)
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22 comments:

Pietro said...

Very beautiful landscape with the full moon.
I'm glad fire was stopped just outside your village.

Dina said...

Pietro, you asked about the cause.
A class of teenage yeshiva boys were down in our valley, at the spring. A few boys "played with fire," and when it suddenly got out of control they all panicked and ran away. As I understand it, they did not bother to inform the Fire Department.
The boys were found, arrested, questioned, and are out on bail.
Their teacher, who was with them on the field trip, was also questioned.

Spiderdama said...

I`m glad that the fire is stopped.
It`s a wonderful landscape and country!
Wish you a great weekend:-)

Kcalpesh said...

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ascu75 aka Don said...

Hi Dina the moon shot is so nice. Shame about the woodland but if no one was injured we must give thanks. I hope you are OK. Love Don XXX

Eaglesbrother said...

Good shots of a sad event...glad most homes and people were spared.

joo said...

Hello Dina,
The moon shot is fabulous!
Have a great weekend:)
Greetings:)

Ania said...

Sorry to hear about the fire. That smoke may look good on a photo but I wish it was just mist.

Petrea said...

The firefighters must protect the people, sometimes at the expense of the trees.

I'm so grateful you and your village are safe.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

So glad to hear they got that fire when they did. So you captured the full moon! Great shot! This situation is every parent's worst nightmare. It is so easy for fun/curiosity/pranks to get out of control. In Greensboro a few years ago, an angry girlfriend set fire to a couch outside her boyfriend's apartment. In the end a few people were killed, including the boyfriend, a female friend, and her sister. The girl who set the fire is in jail for life. Terrible situation. Life is such a delicate balance of good and bad!

Pietro said...

Dina, thanks a lot for the information. In effect, the spontaneous combustion is quite rare.

J Bar said...

Great shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Bergson said...

beautiful shot with the moon

VP said...

I'm glad that the sky is now free of smoke and the night is serene with a beautiful moon.

Eki said...

The fire is terrible. I hope there were no casualties. :( But the moon is marvellous, Dina! I like the top photo.

Regina said...

The moon is amazing over the beautiful hills.
Glad the fire was controlled.

"Happy SWF"" Happy SWF "

Reader Wil said...

How horrible are those fires. It takes a long time to extinquish those fires. I hope that everything soon will be over.

Francisca said...

Oh, Dina, that IS sad... the loss of all those trees... and I sure hope those boys learned an important lesson. You still managed a pretty moon shot.

Mary Ann said...

I've just seen all your fire photos at once, and I'm impressed by how well you reported the progress of the fire. I'm so glad your village was not damaged.

Ann said...

Was this forest fire deliberately lit? When I watch the Australian fires, i feel so sad.

Melusine said...

Glad to hear the forest fire stopped! Very good pictures for this week SkyWatch :)

Kay said...

What a terrible shame, Dina. It's so sad to hear that people are so careless.