Then I found a similar shot taken last year--same mountain, different angle:
What a difference a year makes!
Fire danger is high this year. It seems like the entire state of Utah is on fire. This picture was taken from our front porch earlier today:
Two weeks ago I called 911 on a fire that started in an empty lot when someone flicked a cigarette out the window. Within minutes it spread to the fences of the houses surrounding the lot. Quick acting fireman were able to save the houses and keep the fire from spreading, but it's not just mountains that are seeing fire... There are fires within city limits as well.
It's dry out there. Every day there are new fires starting, and they're all human caused...cigarettes, firecrackers, shooting guns, overheated machinery...
I'm a freedom loving American. I want everyone to be able to carry their guns and shoot off their fireworks. I'm just wondering if there are ways to show our American pride without scarring Mother Nature.
Colorado banned fireworks this year. I'm wishing Utah would follow... I can't think of a better way to love our country than to take care of it.
Tomorrow we'll enjoy the city fireworks show, but we won't be lighting off fireworks.
And along with so many others we're praying for the fires to be under control, and for people to use wisdom in their actions...
Individually, anything we can do to be careful is a good idea!