Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression


Earth fire burns
Dragon breath
Vile black smoke ascends
Penetrating her celestial white veil
I cry

~Robyn Lee

 I took this image of fire-clouds during our local devastating wildfire last week.

Manorville brush fire among NY’s biggest

27 responses

  1. It’s beautiful, in spite of what it is and represents.

    April 15, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    • Thanks so much Scott. Yes – the clouds and deep emotion that the incident provoked did have an element of beauty , despite the sorrow and devastation. Life is funny that way. Much appreciate your comment…

      April 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      • You’re very welcome, Robyn…and life is very curious that way, beautiful amid the devastation.

        April 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      • I agree Scott!

        April 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      • 🙂

        April 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

  2. chronicpainandme

    Hi Robyn, you have a great eye for photo’s and a perfect way with words, It’s just a shame of the circumstances on this occasion. Thank you for sharing…

    April 16, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    • Thank you so much Chris. Yes – this natural disaster shook me up, and yet the cloud formations where so dramatic and beautiful. I guess there is a lot of this kind of dichotomy in life. I’m glad you liked the post. Much appreciate! 🙂

      April 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

  3. Powerful and amazing – we have these devastating bush fires in Australia often and it is hearbreaking.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:39 AM

    • Thank you so much Jules…. the incident sort of overwhelmed my emotions. Had been trying to walk that afternoon and noticed the deep hues in, what I thought were rain clouds. When my husband phoned to make me aware of what was going on ,the sky took on new meaning. Emotions got very heavy. Australia has them as well.? Interesting.. yes always heartbreaking.

      April 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM

  4. Oh Robyn:((( On Thursday my students couldn’t go out at school because of smoke from a forest fire over a 100 miles North…What a sad, wonderful, sad piece…

    April 16, 2012 at 5:59 AM

    • Thanks David… yes – so scary when something like this occurs. Always makes me stop and remember how frail our natural world is, and to appreciate every moment we can savor it. I hope your students are all up and out now. You must be a wonderful teacher btw….poetry lessons?? 😉

      April 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

  5. recoverythrumylens

    Its beauty is so sad…

    April 16, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    • Thank you Meryl…just happened to be outside without being aware of what was going on till later. Initially thought they were dramatic rain clouds.

      April 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

  6. braunrcb

    I love the golden color in the clouds. Too bad about the fires.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    • Thanks Renee… yes as tragic as it was, it lit up the sky in a different way.

      April 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

  7. braunrcb

    Beautiful photo. I love the golden color in the clouds

    April 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM

  8. Amazing that something so threatening can be so beautiful at the same time.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    • Yes Lisa…guess it nature’s way of waking us up and shining light on how truly magnificent this planet is. I think man takes that for granted quite often.

      April 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

  9. A wonderful blog- Thank you for sharing

    April 16, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    • I appreciate tha so much Cynthia. Thanks for visiting!

      April 16, 2012 at 8:50 PM

  10. Jill

    It has the quality and colors of a Renaissance painting. Rather haunting in many ways.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:10 PM

  11. Thanks Jill… yes – was haunting. I have many from this day. The whay you can see the black smoke within he opaqe clouds is wild.

    April 17, 2012 at 12:30 AM

  12. Well my dear, I know all too well about fire. How tragic for your community, yet what beauty in these clouds. A small silver lining to tragedy.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    • I had just finished reading your post and then saw this comment. I’m praying your fires are nearly contained now… yes beauty in the clouds but representing such tragic loss. Blessings your way…

      April 17, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      • Robyn, our fires are out…now the aftermath. I’m sure you are all dealing with the same thing there. Here, at the time of the fire, there were some beautiful shots of the sun taken–an deep orange-red because of the smoke. There is a beauty from wildfires even while tragedy ensues.

        April 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM

  13. The colors remind me of a Turner painting! Wow!!!!

    April 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    • Ahhh.. yes… thanks so much for your comment!

      April 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

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