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Reaching for the Azure

A stricken tree, a living thing, so beautiful, so dignified, so admirable in its potential longevity, is, next to man, perhaps the most touching of wounded objects. —Edna Ferber

Scorched — but not necessarily dead — slash pines are profiled against their more lively brethren at the Bluefield Ranch Natural Area. Their tenacity is inspiring and a not-so-gentle reminder as I observe them throughout our hikes, standing tall with new growth peeping through burned limbs. Controlled, or prescribed burns are an integral part to sustaining Florida’s natural habitats.  Such burns mimic natural fire cycles to restore healthy natural communities, thus reducing the undergrowth that accumulates over time — a contributing factor in severe wildfires. An increase in native plants, birds, and wildlife is witnessed at these burned lands.

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  1. Wow. Immediately I envision people — the walking wounded among us. Those scorched in life who are still standing, but appear dead or dying. POWERFUL.

    April 5, 2012
  2. How fascinating (and exceptionally poetic)… I had a friend *similarly interpret* this image (or a comparable one, which I have yet to post)! And I had an entirely different read on it — more one of tenacity and rebirth amidst the elements, a phoenix-like regeneration. I love how nature and its art inspires such varied interpretations and emotions.

    April 5, 2012
  3. Hey Fey, happy Easter!

    April 7, 2012
    • HEY there, thanks so much! Happy happy Easter to you, too! May the vernal equinox continue its path in your great white north…. 🙂

      April 7, 2012

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