Tuesday, October 23, 2007

As you all probably know already, things are pretty scary in my neck of the woods right now. If you are the praying type, please send some our way. For the firefighters. For the winds to die down. For the thousands of people who have been displaced and/or lost their homes. I am very fortunate in that the fires have not affected me all that much, aside from the overpowering smell of smoke that has permeated my house, the burning eyes, and the hassle that has been my commute since Monday. These things are all minimal compared to what others have endured, and for that I am lucky. Here are a few pictures that I took to give you a little bit of an idea how close to home this has hit for me.

Here is the view out the window from my desk at work on a normal(albeit, smoggy) day:

Here was the view yesterday:

Taken from the exact same spot at my desk. You can't even see the mountains through the smoke.

Here was my view today:
(Looking out at the hills to the left of the previous mtns., but still from my desk.)
This is a little too close for comfort for me. They evacuated homes just two blocks from the office that I work in. Even though I had a couple of co-workers that were quite nervous about the proximity of the flames, the doctor said we would stay until we were told to go.

And lastly, here is a picture of the sunset I snapped on my way home from work today. The smoke causes the vibrant colors. It almost seems wrong to find a bit of beauty among the tragedies that have occurred.

I pray that these fires go out soon.


Jonni, John & Sofia said...


I love the new look. Also, the pictures you posted of the fires are very frightening. I hope that the fires are all put out soon. Hope that you and Joe are safe and you guys are in our thoughts.


Journeywoman said...

My Gd!

I'm keeping you in my thoughts and hoping you and all your loved ones are safe.

Kayce said...

Stay safe Michelle!! The residnets and all of the help in souther Cali are in our constant prayers

Brandi said...

We're thinking of & praying for you and everyone in So. California. Stay safe!

P.S. Love the new look!

Kristin said...

that 3rd photo would have me running!

redmaryjanes said...

Those are amazing pictures! I have been praying. Do you think that you will be evacuated?

M3 said...

Yikes - frightening pictures! Sending good thoughts...

This is a beautiful post, by the way. It seems strange to say that, I know, but I guess I mean that the the way you wrote it is so compassionate and eloquent.

The Shocks said...

Michelle, thank you for contributing to bringing Ethan home.

I hope you and your family are all ok with the fires going on.