We have actually been lucky so far with the fires. The closest one is at about 1400 acres and it is burning in very rough country. I think the idea is to contain it and let it burn out because direct attack on it is just about impossible due to the terrain. The estimated containment date is the end of October, so they probably plan to let the first snows complete the job. So far the smoke hasn’t been too bad at my place.
I doubt that this particular fire has had much effect on wildlife. It hasn’t been a continuous thorough-burning fire, rather, small areas burning within a large perimeter with lots of space between. It’s probably more beneficial to the forest, getting rid of some downed timber and dead trees and brush in an area that has needed fire for decades.
The hawkmoth is beautiful — and so furry. As for the fires, I’ve begun to learn just a bit about the processes that are involved in controlled burns, and it’s fascinating. For example, in some places, a year before a burn is planned, they mow, to encourage the kind of growth that will burn well. It’s only been in the past few years that I’ve gotten my mind around the fact that some burns are beneficial.
Fire has its place in a natural forest and has been a part of it tor thousands of years. After seeing so many of them I am convinced that, for many reasons, controlled burns are beneficial for bureaucratic and political purposes only and not for the forests. The biggest problem with wildland fires (other than that over half of them are human caused) is that they impact houses and development that should never been established where they are in the first place.
I know little about prairies, but I tend to agree with you. Fire has been a natural part of them too and the Indians used it beneficially as well for thousands of years before those of us with the arrogance to think that we can control Nature arrived on the scene.
Beautiful! Just reading your comments, and am reassured slightly about the effects on the wildlife and the trees. Of course in one sense, these fires have been happening before humans even walked the earth, and it is just us thinking that we have to take charge of nature. But I shall still be glad to hear they have gone out!
The attitude that has developed of “managing” our natural forests is, I think, completely absurd. We would be much better off in managing our relationship with the forests and not developing so much land that is clearly in harm’s way. It is impossible to control nature’s events, but it should clearly be possible to control human behavior.
Thanks Vicki. I saw it settle into that spot last evening and instead of disturbing it by trying to get a photo with flash, decided to wait for daylight to get a photo. It stayed this morning for several more hours, then went on about whatever business that species has, hopefully with success.
I use my camera flash quite a bit because I take a lot of photos in deep shade and usually cannot use a tripod. I use the flash to lighten up close-ups of wildflowers which grow in dark places mostly and use a flash compensation level of about -1.7 so I get just a little light.
Have you considered purchasing an LED ring light, Terry? It’s light and easy to carry, although I admit i use mine more for food photography (than the flower photography I bought it for). I like the fact that you can switch if from using half the ring light to full ring light. I’ve sometimes used the half ring when I want to light a particular side. I daresay you might find more important things to fill your backpack hiking in the wild though.
I haven’t seen this one fly, but I have seen hummingbird moths feeding here only at night and haven’t been able to photograph them. This seems to be the season for moths and I have seen several species active for the last week or two. Interestingly, lately I have had only a few hummingbirds at my feeders, nothing like the activity a month ago.