|I really love this picture of my friend making a decision|
about which direction to face to do a painting.
|My other artist friend is getting settled near the edge of the|
cliff. I could not get that close and be comfortable.
I am not sure if my friends were unable to hear me, or if they were unable to understand my Spanish, or exactly what the problem was. I tried yelling louder, but they kept giving me quizzical looks and mouthing what looked like "Que?" (What?) from further down the path.
|The fire was only five minutes into the burn when I took|
this shot. You can see by the way it is spreading that the
wind is very strong, pushing it along toward the trees.
Fortunately we had not parked my car near the trash as I have done in the past. Although it was clear it was a set fire, it is hard to say if whoever set it would have done so with a car nearby. Good thing I didn't have to find out! My friends were talking on their cells to various people who might assist, including the police. Other people had called the police as well. I decided to walk back and get the car as it was getting darker every minute and I would have to walk on a narrow dark road without much protection (guard rails, etc.).
There was little point for me to hang around anyhow because if anyone asked me a question, I would have been struggling to answer it in Spanish. (I am making progress, but my new word this week is 'caracol' which means 'snail.')
By the time I returned, the fire looked like this - only about 20 minutes had elapsed. One of Colombia's big issues is that people have cut down too many trees to build and to make fires to cook over. As a result, there are many many places where the land has literally fallen away from lack of tree cover. Having a fire anywhere obviously is terribly counter-productive.
|Precious trees are being consumed by the fire at this point.|
|I chose to take the reflection of the colors of the setting sun on the clouds|
behind me instead of the direct rays of the sun going down behind the
mountains. That was pretty too, but the colors were better here.
Before I sign off, I can at least show another beautiful Colombian sunset, taken before all the excitement of the fire.