Beautiful and Terrible

California’s been on fire- You’ve likely heard. A half a million people have been evacuated from their homes, and well over a thousand homes were swallowed by the blazes that raged from the Mexican border up to Los Angeles county. But today broke with good news that the Santa Ana winds had calmed, and all but three of the eight major blazes were contained.

I didn’t realize the wildfires were making news headlines internationally, and that people all over the world have been checking out the damage by satellite.

Wired News had this article Tuesday, featuring eerily lovely images of the blaze. A haunting aerial view shows gigantic plumes of smoke streaming out to the Pacific Ocean.


The fire has made the baja peninsula into art. You could frame these, and have something more beautiful than a lot of other modern masterpieces out there. ‘Course, …it’s a tad morbid.

Irrelevant tidbit: The name Heath= scorched earth or Wasteland. Wildfires have turned Cali into a Heath cliff. Wouldn’t Brontë be proud?