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Well I guess DA has died today.  You all will have to go HERE  (on patreon) or HERE ( to see this week's landscape (if I do say so myself, pretty snazzy bonus pic)  I'll try and link everything up in a few hours.  Sorry!

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Here we depict a bad situation to be in, complete with the mysterious ‘blue sparks’ that people are alleged to have seen during the Napa fires.  This is the view that tells you that you should have gotten out of dodge earlier.  FIRE!  As you may have heard, Napa Valley wine prices just shot through the roof last week when the 245,000 acres burned up over the course of like, 6 hours.  Right in the middle of harvest too. My relatives up there are all safe, and no one’s house has burned down.    Many others haven’t been so lucky, the death toll is over 50 now and I suspect will end up much higher than that when all is said and done.  (ie. there are at least 500 people missing)  

The official statement from the Napa Fire chief is that they’re just going to tend the fire line and let the fires burn out over the winter and that people should expect to see stuff on fire until the rains start.  The area is so large and the brush so thick that there’s no plausible way to put it out.  Did you know that this has happened before?  In 1964, the Hanley fire  raced through Napa in exactly the same way, followed the same path to Santa Rosa, moved as quickly, and started in the same location.  (which I personally confirmed with a forest service fireman that the fire lines were within a couple hundred feet of each other)  Interesting geology/climatology there to create that effect, but the real lesson to be learned, I think, is clear cut your brush people!  California is dry, but the plants grow well, so over the years you’ll get 60 foot thick patches of greasewood, creosote and chaparral, all of which have an oil fuel inside to help it get going real good.  Add in a 70 mph wind, and <10% humidity, and well, things tend to go up in smoke.  But not naturally, the fire department has pointed out.  98% of wildfires are caused by people (put out your campfires please) and in the case of the 2017 Napa fires, they’ve ruled out lightning as a cause.  I find it strange that they haven’t come out with a cause yet , considering how easy it is to identify the source and cause of wildfires, at least from the usual causes.  If it was arson, it was quite a coordinated operation, with five fires started simultaneously ringing the valley, if it was accidental, that’s quite a coincidence.  If it was some weird concatenation of weather? It’s nearly impossible to research because Napa Valley has weird weather all the time, weird is normal in California and locals love to complain about the weather, wet or dry, as being unusual.  It’s a California pastime, right up there with listing off the highway numbers you took to travel to an event to everyone you meet.  And saying ‘dude’.  And uptalk?  

I blame Xander.  I don’t know why, but it’s his fault somehow.  It always is.  - Gen. R. Grant

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khai70's avatar
This is just stunning!
HeySani's avatar
I could comment every picture and tell you how much I love it q-q
kuberza's avatar
It's sad and beautiful at the same time
artsmart2b's avatar
breath taking wow
Tomskaya's avatar
So bloody beautiful I am dying
nathanl9's avatar
beautiful work, also I was among those who were effected by the fires, specifically the Tubbs fire, also no weird isn't exactly normal in california however I've heard that there are other places where it is.
Helsic's avatar
KCStylus's avatar
I'm always stunned at you work. Which is why I will always ad your pieces to my favorites folder
Purplequeen78's avatar
What a dazzling sight this is!, and those blue lights do remind me of faeries. ;3
ZED-EYE's avatar
Magical!  If I didn't read your description, I'd think it was just a gorgeous sunset.
CrimsonSunset218's avatar
*grins*  The mysterious Blue Lights could be fairies.  ;) 
HarryBelton's avatar
Amazing and thanks for the info on the fires. I believe I have seen those during a California earthquake!
triage2's avatar
Truly mesmerizing piece made me stop and simply wonder 
Gogomechy's avatar
This is actually a very frightening picture!  What are the blue sparks?  
AMEcco's avatar
Very beautiful and deadly.
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NinthMusketeer's avatar
The ecosystem of southern Cali has evolved to burn periodically; the hottest & driest part of the year is autumn, right before the winter rain hits. Note how the winter after a fire it's all the native plants that spring back almost immediately. Unfortunately for us this means the landscape WILL burn periodically weather we want it to or not. The solution isn't to try and prevent fires completely but to clear brush (like you said) around buildings and do controlled burns of small areas of wilderness.

Sidenote: the weather is weird around here nowadays because of climate change. Lived here my whole life and I can remember the weather being much more consistent than it is now. Dry years tend to be dryer, wet years tend to be wetter.
chateaugrief's avatar
Absolutely right.  Here's climate change for you if you're familiar with the CA ecosystem: they've pulled redwood trees out of the la brea tar pits. The enormous timeframe of climate change is something that many people just don't understand, this isn't something new.  of course climate changes, we're talking fluid dynamics and orbital decay.  what's the opposite of climate change that's what I wonder, like what's a static climate supposed to look like mathematically?  
NinthMusketeer's avatar
What I meant was man-made climate change. The weather is noticeably different than just 15-20 years ago, to say nothing of longer term trends going through the 20th century.
chateaugrief's avatar
still much too small of a dataset to predict any meaningful long-term trends. do you know who the biggest Co2 generators in the world are by tonnage? volcanoes.  by a truly staggering margin.  the agw soundbites seem to be merely good social policy designed to inspire the less conscientious person towards less wasteful use of resources, great, if that's what it takes.  go be a hero, save the world earthman, don't litter.  mostly harmless.  
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