When photographer Mike Bonnicksen asked me to look at one of his photos early one morning last week I knew there was a decision to be made. I can’t recall him ever asking for my thoughts on a photo of something like a person tending to a flower garden.
When our overgrown forests are rife with standing dead and diseased trees, a single heat source finds this to be the opportune fuel source for a catastrophic chain reaction, the type of catastrophic chain reaction that we are witnessing right now in Washington state. Here are my personal feelings on the fires that are currently threatening my childhood home in Plain:
The brush still burns, the afflicted gaze on ashes where once stood their home, ranchers count the dead stock and see the black range — anger and anguish are as natural as lightning, heat and wind. It is the season for second guessing.
If you happen to drive past 10 N. Mission St. just south of The World building at night, stop by the side of the road and take a good look in the window to take in a unique view — an installation art project by Kasey Koski.
The devastation brought by the Carlton Complex fires, and the human suffering left behind, has provoked us. Such a spontaneous outpouring of generosity has rarely been seen here. There is nothing like it in our memory.