Monday, August 1, 2011
Las Conchas fire
Monsoon season is finally here, though this year it came a little too late.
Las Conchas fire started on June 26 and it swallowed nearly 50,000 acres in a mere 24 hours. The sky was dark and the sun an angry red.
From the infrared map we watched it grow like a cancer until it reached 156.6 thousand acres, dwarfing El Cerro Grande fire.
Our houses didn't burn this time. But the beautiful forest blanketing the Jemez Mountains is gone. Patches of surviving green remain here and there.
Do me a favor: next time you go on a hike, hug the trees along the trail for me.
Picture: burnt trees. Canon 40D, focal length 85mm, exposure time 1/5.