Friday, August 21, 2020

Friday Music and Smoky Skies

If you've been seeing the news of California you know the dire straits a very large part of our state is in. Roger and I are fine here. The air is clear and the temps fairly mild. Family, friends, and former students of mine from my advising days at the university have been sending photos of the skies in the Bay Area and Santa Cruz. It's a nightmare. The first and oldest state park of California, Big Basin Redwood State Park, is on fire. It's where Roger first went camping when he was young so many years ago. Friends have lost their homes. The evacuation area is huge. So, here are some photos and a song for our times. Take care and stay safe, friends.
My sister-in-law sent this, the sky at 4:00 in the afternoon

Patrick sent this of the skies over Oakland

Ricardo sent this of the sky over the ocean in Santa Cruz

Ricardo sent this of a Santa Cruz city street

Peter sent this of two separate fires burning in Sonoma County
Abigail sent this of the Carmel Fire south of Santa Cruz


43 comments:

  1. Such a tragedy. While California's fires tragically, heart-breakingly yet again destroy homes and livelihoods, and kill beings of all species, the DNC has abandoned the environment in their party platform. Sadly, this is not getting the amount of press on the east coast (or probably in the Midwest) that it deserves.
    Lemmings have a greater sense of self-preservation.
    May Mother Earth forgive us and save the innocents.

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    1. When I read the DNC party platform, it does have a section on "COMBATING THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND PURSUING ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE". It lists 5 pages of initiatives to improve our country.

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    2. CCorax-- You know my feelings about humans. With nearly eight billion of us, it's hard not to destroy the very essence of what we need to keep us alive. I'm sure there are many ideas on the platform that will attempt mitigations, but population cannot be controlled and all that goes with it.

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  2. I am so glad you are spared all the smoke and damage. Those pictures made my lungs hurt. I so feel for those who are losing all right now. Sometimes the burden just seems too much.
    The last Night made me think.

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    1. Patti-- We are spared for now. There is a fire about 40 miles east of us, but so far no smoke here. My twin brother and SIL called to see if they could come up here in case they are evacuated. Of course, we said, but will there be any roads to get here? It's 350 miles through the fire zone in the wine country and then the redwoods.

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  3. I'm so sorry about your friends losing their homes. I can't even imagine. And sadly we have a president that only sends help to red states, or at least tries to get away with that. I am glad you and Roger are safe.

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    1. 37paddington-- I can't imagine either. It is so incredibly sad. There are now 64,000 people evacuated in two counties by my brother. We are glad to be safe and able to offer him and our SIL a place to evacuate if they need to.

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  4. Good that you are safe. There seems to be no end of fires thee. I don't remember California having fires in the distant past like pre 2000.

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    1. Red-- It has gotten very bad. It may be related to climate change. It's very sad.

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  5. Thanks for sharing photos of the California fires. It is terrible on so many levels. I mourn all the losses. Tragic. May those who suffer find peace and clean air. (a very small wish for survivors.)

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    1. Barbara-- It really is heartbreaking to consider the losses. Yes to peace and clean air. So far the fires are zero percent contained, and I worry about all the animals. Sigh.

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  6. Hearts throughout the world go out to the people of California. Yesterday was when I first heard about the fire in Big Basin and so I looked at the California Fire map and was horrified and heartbroken to see all the places that are burning throughout California. Knowing that your family, friends and former students and seeing their photos is sobering. May we all come through these times of great difficulty together. We are all connected.

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    1. am-- It is such a difficult time. My twin brother and SIL are feeling very worried and have gotten their evacuation boxes packed. It's so sad in every way.

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  7. Those photos are terrifying. I feel so bad for the people who are suffering thru this. Hope they find safety soon.

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    1. Ellen-- We feel so bad for them as well. The smoky air is horrible, and thinking about having to evacuate is even worse. It really is a nightmare.

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  8. Incredible. I’m glad you are safe. I feel such pain for everyone who lost a home and for the whole landscape.

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    1. Sharon-- Yes, we are safe here and truly grateful to be so. Glad that we can offer respite to my brother and SIL if they need to evacuate. It's so sad.

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  9. I'm sad for California. Sending love to you and yours.

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    1. Colette-- Thank you for that. It is pretty heartbreaking.

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  10. Very little coverage of the wildfires here, the media being more interested in Covid and where Boris Johnson has gone on his holidays. I can only hope you get the kind of rainfall we had last week rather than the high winds we're experiencing at the moment.
    Sorry, Bruce, but drinking champagne with you is not on my list of things to do on the last night of the world!

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    1. John-- The fires are so bad and there are so many of them, it's really wild. We are being warned of lightning storms here from Sunday til Tuesday. Not good. There were over 10,000 lightning strikes in the bay area last week where these fires are raging now.
      Well, I wouldn't drink champagne with Bruce Cockburn either on the last night of the world!

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  11. Wow. Those photos are so scary -- kind of apocalyptic. I've read about the fires in the redwoods. Tragic!

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    1. Steve-- Yes, it is rather apocalyptic. We're in very scary times here in California. We're expecting dry lightning storm tomorrow until Tuesday. The whole thing is tragic and getting worse.

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  12. I was out watering the plants this morning and smelled smoke in the air. There are no fires anywhere in our vicinity so I can only surmise it's coming from the West. Tough times in California. Stay safe.

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    1. Catalyst-- Oh yes I would imagien the smoke you are smelling is coming from California. We're just hoping there will be no fires up here over the next few days. There are not enough firefighters to go around. Scary times.

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  13. the pictures are just horrible. and of course Trump is refusing to send aid because California doesn't vote for him. but why the hell should they.

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    1. ellen-- These are such difficult times here in California. I'm just hoping that the firefighters get control of the blazes soon and things start to calm down. Trump is an IDIOT.

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  14. Couldn't get the video but I'll find it on YouTube. I've been thinking of you and the fires. Glad to know you are in a safe area. I see California has just asked Australia to help fight the fires. X

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    1. Dr Michelle-- It's not the best song, but it was better than all the fire songs I know. I hope Australia sends help. That would be so kind and good.

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  15. Stay safe friends. This is climate change. We have been warned.

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    1. Sabine-- Yes, it is climate change. Scary, so incredibly scary.

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  16. Of course, I was glad to read that you are both safe, Robin, but seeing the photos sent to you and those in the news reports are so devastatingly sad. As if the fires were not bad enough, just to see the images of the lightning strikes was amazing and not in a good way. I hope that the firefighters get some relief in aid coming from other places.

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    1. Beatrice-- It is amazing to me that we actually have a time here in California that we call "fire season." It's crazy and scary and really a bummer. Yes, we always hope the firefighters get much needed relief. Such difficult times.

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  17. Forgot to add that my husband is a retired firefighter . He never had to battle blazes like the ones in CA now, but worked in an urban environment in our hoe state of NJ.

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    1. Beatrice-- I so love knowing that your husband is a retired firefighter. Such hard work and takes such a brave heart to do it. Thank him for me.

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  18. It seems we are living in apocalyptic times. The pictures you share are a reminder of the destructive as well as the creative power of nature, and our responsibility to respect that power if we wish to survive as but one of the multitude of species here on planet Earth! Thanks for your breadth of vision and compassion!

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    1. Peter-- We don't know how to share earth with other species. We are so destructive. The fires are a result of our climate destruction. I appreciate your kind words. I don't have much hope for humans.

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  19. I always think you the two of you when I hear things like the fire in the news in California. Glad you are Ok which is more than I can say for some of the other poor people who are affected

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    1. Billy-- These are such difficult times here in California and in our country. The fires just make it so much worse. Thank you so much for thinking of us, so kind of you.

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  20. Gawd I love this song; always have. Those skies are horrible -- especially over Santa Cruz. I don't know how they are breathing. My lungs are taking a beating here in Colorado. I'm glad that your area isn't terribly impact. High five for that good news!

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    1. Tara-- I'm so glad you like this song. We do too! Hope the air has cleared there in Colorado and that your lungs are feeling much much better!

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