OVERPOWERED

 

Overpowering – three summers out of the four years we have lived here, big fires have been burning around us. It’s not earth shattering anymore, but when getting up in the morning and I smell smoke (a smaller fire 8 miles from us), my system is on alert. I’m not afraid, but vigilant.

For this post I initially had the idea of shadows being so strong that they’re overpowering. A scene from one of my painting places at Yosemite Nat. Park.

For you who do not live here – In California, 3 1/2 hrs. to the North the Carr fire is burning (has already asked 12 lives) , and 3 1/2 hrs. South East of us in the area of the W-Entrance of Yosemite Nat. Park a fire has been burning, which meant hundreds of vacationers had to be evacuated. We live in between these two, and sometimes can smell the smoke (and ashes appear on the car) of either one of them, but too far to be a danger to us.
Nature Notes, ABC Wed.- Entrance, Natur Donnerstag

 

 

Dear Post office, did you really have to put the mail
boxes right in front of this beautiful door frame?
They’re overpowering!
Thurs. Door

 

 

 

Shadows cannot overpower this Camellia
Hubby’s capture
Floral Bliss , Floral Fri Foto

 

 

 

Light overpowering shadow. Peaceful Reflection
Weekend Reflection, Fri Photo Journal,
Fri Photo Friends

 

 

The sun giving a window into a night
(Sky Watch)

 

 

Light overpowers darkness. Always!
Harbor in Long Beach at night
Tue Travel

 

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46 Comments

  1. jammy7000 says:

    Lovely shots, Jesh. The fires are terrible and I wonder when we humans will understand that our reckless activities on this planet can and will cause its destruction unless we change…
    Thanks for taking part in the “Travel Tuesday” meme.

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  2. Pappilanmummo says:

    Beautiful

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  3. We’re getting lots of big fires in the UK as well at the moment due this year’s summer drought. I could smell the fire from the moorlands some 50 miles away yesterday morning.

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  4. Kelleyn says:

    Praying the fires will stop soon. One friend of mine they are just over the hill from her apartment. I am shocked she hasn’t fled. Then my aunt who lives just south of Fresno in a tiny town says the sky is so thick of smoke. California hasn’t had a good two years. Ouch!

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  5. Joyful says:

    The wild fires are terrible. Praying for the people of California and the firemen who fight the battles.

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  6. Joyful says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the people of California and the many other places where wild fires seem to happen so frequently. The firemen and those who help them are big heroes.

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  7. This is scary! Even here, we experience the warmest and driest summer in my whole life.
    Live next to a forest…
    Beautiful photos!

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  8. ladyfi says:

    Beautiful shots! Terrible news though about all the fires.

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  9. Jim says:

    Great sky.

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  10. Peter B. says:

    Beautiful sky shot. Yes, the CA wildfires are the worst ever this year. Very scary and very sad for those that have suffered losses. After getting through the Idyllwild fire recently, we now have the “Holy Fire” (Trabuco Canyon/Holy Jim area) burning out of control. And record heat continues as well, with air everywhere being unhealthy to breath. What is Mother Nature trying to tell us??

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  11. Yogi says:

    I love the idea of your overpowering theme and you gave us some great examples.
    I love the mailboxes in front of the doorway of that beautiful building. Some people!!
    My dad fought fires for the US Forest Service for years. During a dry year, we hardly knew where he was. He would be in California, then Montana, then Arizona, down to Florida and back to California living out out of a backpack and his bedroll (what they called sleeping bags way back then). Then one day he would show up dirty and exhausted.
    I think the fires are a lot worse now than what they used to be.
    Take care

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  12. Love the photos, and a gold door always wins even with the big blue elephants in front of it. 🙂 We sit here and watch the news coverage of the fires and cringe at the danger and destruction. I cannot imagine living in between and seeing and smelling the devastation. Prayers that they will both be contained soon. Stay safe.

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    1. Junieper says:

      Thank you, Judy for your well wishing! It’s good I can’t see the damage on an ongoing basis, that would be traumatic. There’s just a vague reminder of it when looking at the sky of smoke and ashes on the ground/car, etc. That’s why firefighters are at danger, not only physically but also emotionally. They need our prayers:)

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  13. Norm 2.0 says:

    That’s an amazing doorway – thanks for sharing it.
    I do hope they can get those fires under control soon. Stay safe 🙂

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    1. Junieper says:

      Thank you Norm! Really enjoyed your story of Maude. Living with passion is so much more worth than security!

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  14. We’ve had the same experience with fires when in Wyoming and actually had to evacuate one year, as the first was quite close. Fortunately, no lives were lost and only one small structure burned. But it’s a bit scary and these California fires are so large!

    I love all the shots and feel as though I stood at the same place in Yosemite that you shared. 🙂 As for the mailboxes, I’ve had the same thing happen with trying to take a door shot when there were cars in the way. On the street!! Imagine that!! 🙂

    janet

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    1. Junieper says:

      Wow, Janet, that’s quite a long time to be evacuated – can’t imagine to be for a year out of sorts and worried:( Hope you are living now at a place less likely to have fires. Your experience about “things” such as carsin front of a door – in the way, – on the street, makes me laugh – the story of my life!

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    2. I guess I didn’t really say that right. We had to evacuate, but we found out within a few days that everything was fine. The fire did come somewhat close, but everything was fine where we were and at our cabin area.

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    3. Junieper says:

      Am glad it was not as bad as it sounded first! Thank you for correcting it:):)

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    4. I appreciate your concern, Jesh.

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  15. LOTS of mailboxes, too. People still do snail mail there, evidently.

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    1. Junieper says:

      My guess is that because it’s the business district still quite a lot of snail mail comes in there (I don’t know – never tried to put a small package in there:))

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  16. Lydia C. Lee says:

    The boat one is really eye catching

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  17. Peabea says:

    Saw the fires on our news, and such brave people to be fighting those fires daily. So proud of the fire departments in all areas, but out there they say how tired they are becoming and how long before these may actually be put out. Blessings to you and all out there for safety. So sad the lives that have been taken.
    On a better note…I really like the captioning for your photo shoot. Dark does try to overpower, and the ones that it doesn’t; especially like the flower one.

    Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

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    1. Junieper says:

      Thank you Peabea – I don’t know if you’re commenting from blogspot or wordpress – when time allows, I’ll give you a backup comment. Yes, I hope that the larger fires at least have some help from outside the state. Now I think of it, I hope they get payed for that (me thinks they should in general be paid more, because their job is so dangerous). About the caption – it was not intended, but the word is quite how I feel with the events this week, and went off facebook and other social media because of it.

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  18. Kym Thorpe says:

    Lovely pictures! I especially like the one of the post office – why would they put the boxes there? 😉

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  19. betty - NZ says:

    These are fabulous images! I have to agree about many ‘practical’ items that mar a perfect shot!

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  20. Nature is resiliant but humans are to cruel to it sometimes…. vigilance is good !!

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  21. I read a biography about one of the first female wildfire firefighter and it really brought home in great detail about how awful these fires are as being unpredictable and how quickly things can change and lives can be lost. Those firefighters are heroes to me…Michelle

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  22. Seems as though California is all on fire

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  23. Pieni Lintu says:

    Great shots all!

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  24. Joanne Sisco says:

    I hope that the fires continue to stay far away from you. I would find it very alarming.

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    1. Junieper says:

      Thank you Joanne for your concern! -t is in our face that life can be very fragile.Stays in the back of my mind and we keep up daily with the news and neighborhood watch.That’s all I can do. Thinking regularly of the fire fighters, because they work till they’re more than exhausted. Have heard from a retired fire fighter that the PTSD and suicide among them is increasing to the level of the Armed Forces who have been in wars.

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    2. Joanne Sisco says:

      I worry about firefighters. Their’s is a difficult job- physically and emotionally – whether it’s forest fires or first responders.
      The things they experience 😳

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  25. restlessjo says:

    I love those cool waters in Yosemite, and your poetic descriptions, Jesh. 🙂 🙂 The mail boxes are an abomination! Fires burning scarily close to the villages in the Algarve, and waves of fumes tunneling down into the valleys. It must be hell up there.

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    1. Junieper says:

      Thank you Jo! I know … those mailboxes are an eyesore in my opinion, but sigh – this is the business district, so my guess is they’re needed (grumble) – your post this week – am amazed how you manage to find these awesome places – off the beaten track!

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  26. I agree with you about the mail boxes!
    Keep safe from fire!

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    1. Junieper says:

      Thank you! Tried to avoid the mailboxes from different angles, but there was no other way if I wanted the frame in my image:)

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    2. Junieper says:

      Thank you for well wishing! Don’t worry, this year we are too far away to be evacuated. Wish I could say the same for the smoke and ashes, which depends on the strength of the wind.

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  27. riitta k says:

    It must be exhausting staying alert all the time because of the threat of fires. Great photos.

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  28. ladyfi says:

    Lovely sky shot and your painting is amazing!

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    1. Junieper says:

      Fiona, thank you! Sorry to say that my capture is a photo, not a painting:) (I could, but not this one)

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  29. Dan Antion says:

    I hope you stay out of harm’s way. I totally agree about the mailboxes.

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    1. Junieper says:

      Happy that we are too far away from the fire this year. I remember from two years ago that they do their utmost best, fighting it with water from land, and airplane and helicopters from the air with fire retardant – quite an operation that makes you feel like you’re living in a war zone!.

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