Texas drought and wildfires

Big Picture, as always, shares some stunning pictures of a natural disaster.  This time Texas drought and wildfires are in focus.  When looking at these images, I can’t stop thinking of people who, instead of running, trying to save their lives, stopped for a moment, set their cameras, framed the image and pressed the shutter button.  I haven’t been in anything even remotely as dangerous as these situations, but even that was enough for me to know that I am not built for journalistic photography.  And I can’t even start to imagine what all those people who’s homes and businesses were in the path of fires feel like.


Wildfires of Russia

Hundreds of wildfires followed last week all time high high temperature and drought.  Dry forests and wind is not the best combination for fire safety.  As a result, more than 40 people dead and more than 1500 houses burned down across the country.  And with no changes in the weather, it’s probably not the end of it yet.

My grandfather’s house got nearly burned down by the wildfire as well.  Luckily, in the last moment there was a change in wind direction which turned the fire away.  Even if nobody died in my home city, fire destroyed more than 500 hectares of the forest.  That’s 5,000,000 square meters!

Big Picture blog covers the story.

Ladder 49

Ladder 49 (2004)How is that possible? I watched a movie less than a year ago and all I can remember is that I watched it. And I haven’t blogged about it. And it is about the only movie about firefighters that I’ve seen in my life. And both Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta are in it, so it must have been pretty hard to forget. I guess my memory plays tricks on me. Fixing the holes, I rewatched “Ladder 49

Directed by: Jay Russell
Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, Jacinda Barrett, Robert Patrick, Morris Chestnut, Billy Burke, Balthazar Getty, Tim Guinee, Kevin Chapman, Jay Hernandez, Kevin Daniels, Steve Maye, Robert Lewis, Brooke Hamlin, Spencer Berglund
IMDB raintg: 6.6
My rating: 6.5 ******½

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