Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dismal


Misty Belle's face kind of says it all.  Although it was supposed to be a bright sunny day with lower humidity, instead it is gray and overcast.  Not because the weathermen and women were wrong (don't even get me started on their accuracy these days!), but because there is a a thick cloud of gray smoke which has enveloped the lower Chesapeake Bay and it's tributaries. 

You see, tragically there is a large fire burning south of here in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, some 200 miles from where we live.  So although it means no running around outside for puppies and no yard work that desperately needs to be done, my heart breaks for the animals that live there and now have no home as nearly 6000 acres have burned.  And there is no end in site to this fire that was started by a lightning strike over a week ago, so if you know how to do a rain dance, please dance away before more people and animals are affected!  Click here to see pictures.

It truly makes me appreciate the folks in other parts of the country, and the world, who have endured even greater fires, and much more often!

I thought this haunting blue grass song entitled Return to Dismal Swamp was fitting.  And yes I like bluegrass!

17 comments:

  1. Oh, that's so terribly sad! Texas is in serious drought conditions. My heart goes out to the animals affected where you are.
    Brenda

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  2. I agree -it's tragic when everything can be wiped out like that. Hope they manage to get it under control soon.

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  3. I hope they get things under control soon. Often when there is fire at the coast, we can smell it 3 hours away close to me. Blue grass, oh yea. have you heard Steve Martin's "Rare Bird Alert"; I think you will like it.

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  4. I pray for all the areas affected by all sorts of natural disasters and particularly where there is no rain in sight. Thanks for sharing with us and yor sweet pet does look a bit sad today! Anne

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  5. How awful. I haven't even seen the news today. It amazes me how something that far away can affect someone 200 miles away.

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  6. I wasn't even aware of the fire until someone mentioned it today on FB. Guess folks down in Penhook are smelling the smoke. Haven't seen or smelled anything here in Roanoke. Sure enjoyed the video!

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  7. Fortunately here in the tropics, bush fires are one natural disaster we don't have to deal with. However every year from January - March thousands of acres of National Parklands in the southern States are at the mercy of bushfires. The "realists" say it is nature's way of regenerating - all I can think of is the hundreds of native animals that are killed. Misty Belle's eye say it all. ;)Sharyne

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  8. Forest fire is our greatest fear, here in the woods. I'm so sorry for the people affected by that huge fire - too, too awful.

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  9. I know what you are going through as there have been fires in south Georgia all summer giving me headaches from two hundred miles away.

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  10. I visited Great Dismal years ago and I fell in love with it..amazing area.
    This is heartbreaking on several levels.

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  11. Kat,

    The sadness of the world is weighing heavy on my heart these days.

    xx
    z

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  12. Oh I'm sorry to hear about the fire...it's amazing how far the smoke travels. Misty is starting to look so grown up, she's really a pretty dog!

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  13. Sending you cool
    breezes from the
    Pacific NW, this
    time to blow out
    those fires.....
    That Misty is such
    a gorgeous girl!!
    xx Suzanne

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  14. I didn't know about the fire either.. ugh.

    Misty's such a beautiful dog.

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  15. Well, that just is dismal isn't it? Breaks my heart just thinking about it.

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  16. I had heard something about this, but did not realize it was out of control still. So sad to learn about the innocent critters that are affected. I like a little blue grass now and then too. Misty's dismal pic is so very sweet. xo ~Lili

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  17. Oh that is terrible! Fires can be so devastating. I hope they can get it under control soon!

    We're actually planning to stop at The Great Dismal Swamp next month while on vacation.

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