Thursday, May 29, 2014

Photo: Closer view of a burned tree

The photos I have posted during the past few days, in recognition of the efforts underway to fight the Slide Fire between Sedona and Flagstaff, showed the terrain from a distance.  So today I am posting a closer photo of a burned tree near Sedona.

When hiking in the area, one thing that really made an impression on my husband and me is how frequent lightning strikes must be.   There were quite a few trees that had been burned out.  

In Arizona we get a thunderstorms with dramatic lightning displays due to the interaction between clouds and humidity with the intense summer heat.  Fortunately, most of the lightning occurs during mid July and August, which is when humidity levels are a little higher and the conditions for wildfires are somewhat decreased.  May and June, however, are both hot and very dry, which makes the conditions for wildfires more dangerous.

This week we have photos of the Patagonia region of Argentina posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.


Sharon Anck said...

It's possible they might get some rain today!

Julie said...

Hoping for rain today. It is sad about Oak Creek Canyon. That area is a favorite place for my hubby and I to get away from the hustle and bustle of Phoenix.

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