Thursday, August 12, 2010

August Dryness


Pine Tree forest at Carcavelos next to the beach
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Fires are a major problem every summer. It's been really hot and more than 6,500 fires have occurred in Portugal just in the last three weeks.
61 firemen have died fighting them in the last decade.

23 comments:

Olivier said...

malheureusement beaucoup de foret disparaisse à cause des feux , et le pire c'est quand un feu est fait volontairement ;(

brattcat said...

A cruel reality but a beautiful image.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I was thinking of fires when I saw the title of your post. I do hope the fires are not too severe.

B SQUARED said...

Strange! But the weather seems to be the same everywhere this summer.

Sharon said...

Those are some sobering statistics!

Francisca said...

The forest fires and causalities are a big OUCH! Yet your capture of this dry forest is very dramatic with the sun beaming in, JM.

Jacob said...

My goodness, that is so sad. I knew it was hot, but did not realize you were burdened by fires also. I'd send you some of our rain if I could!

Re your response on the lion: Every 5 minutes for 2 or 3 days! That would beat Charlie Sheen on the Two and a Half Men TV show. Perhaps you've seen it.

Cezar and Léia said...

A foto está linda, mas que pena que esses incendios não dão trégua!
Léia

Halcyon said...

I like this scene. It has a sad melancholy to it.

Small City Scenes said...

Oh wow! The shot tells us it is hot and dry. Pray for rain!!! MB

Sylvia K said...

Terrific capture and it does look hot and dry and as Halcyon has written, it does indeed have a sad and melancholy look! I do hope you get some rain soon. Have a great weekend, JM!

Sylvia

jennyfreckles said...

The forests will in time recover. The dead men will not. What makes me angry is that (at least in some places) such wildfires are started deliberately. How could anyone do that?

Jarart said...

Oh no, this is not good. I hope for rain for you.

joo said...

You have to struggle with fire, we with flood - difficult summer this year!

VP said...

Same problem here, but in the last years it seems a bit more safe.

Babzy said...

what a sad shot ...

Serline said...

Even the trees are saddened and leaning in silent tribute to the fallen heroes...

Oakland Daily Photo said...

You've conveyed the idea that this forest is essentially a pile of kindling. And sometimes Nature strikes the match.

Randy said...

Sad but there is still a beautiful feeling about this photo.

Dina said...

So many fires in one little country!
And so many lives lost fighting them.

I see from around my village that when forests burn, those pine trees go up like a torch.

Irina said...

I wish Portugal to be safe from fires and more firemen's deaths.
Photo is so good. As usual.

T. Becque said...

Wow that's a lot of fires! We have no where near that amount here, but we are also very dry with fire danger high. I like this photo, I can almost hear the crack of dry brush and wood.

Gunn said...

We had nice wether last weekend.... But we have had and have now plenty of rain.... I will send some further south......
Sad photo.