The Terra Flamma: Wildfires at Night book was just reviewed for @outsidemagazine
! Thank you Wes for this thoughtful piece that connects the book’s images to the broader issue of climate change and housing development into the forest. During this week of heightened fire danger in SoCal the message the book shares is all the more relevant as fire danger in the WUI, or Wildland Urban Interface, is pretty high.
If you enjoy history or fire ecology I did some original historic research into fire behavior in Orange County and connected it to fires featured in my book. The repetition of fire in the same places is uncanny. So far we have lucked out with zero large fire starts during the height of the Santa Ana wind event, but lighter offshore flow through Saturday means fire risk will be high for 5 more days, so be safe out there and grab a copy of the book! - SP | PS Don’t forget to tag a friend in this post and sign up for my email newsletter (link in bio!) to be entered into a drawing to win a free 8x10 Terra Flamma print! Pic of me working by @kevinwarn
at the Cranston Fire. .
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Took a group of 65 high school freshmen from Peoria,AZ to aspen loop and talked about what it takes to hike Humphrey’s trail with the help of my extra af intern/forest service partner in crime @flagjohnb
most of these kids expressed they have never seen snow, or been to more than 2 national parks let alone different forest, deserts, oceans, cities!!! They reminded me of me, when I was a kid and I was so excited for any kind of nature. Loved speaking in Spanish with them, it made them feel closer to home. Crazy fun bunch! I don’t miss being a teacher but I do miss the kids hahaha #coconinonationalforest #flagstaff #arizona #aspenloop #fallcolors #change #hiking #usfs #ranger
Goofing around in the Sierra Nevada and welcoming the fall color with @aimo751
over the weekend. 📸: @_90r_
on 1 & 5.
Solitude (n.) - a lonely or uninhabited place.
One of my favorite things about nature is getting away from crowds. If you’re like me, sometimes even National Parks don’t seem to be an authentic experience of the outdoors, simply because there are so many other people. Having to wait at an entrance gate for 30 minutes before even getting the car in is a bad sign for me. That’s why I’ve tried to expand my horizons over the past year, and I would encourage you to as well! If you’re tired of crowds getting in the way of nature, try visiting a USFS National Forest. There aren’t nearly as many amenities as in a National or State Park, but to me that’s a beautiful thing. Also, you can usually camp for free along Forest Service roads. Get out there and explore!
Still feels like a dream to me. Love doing what I do. 💪🏽🔥🚒🇺🇸
(PSA: Strong Santa Ana wind event currently underway in SoCal with “extremely critical” fire danger through Tuesday night. Watch for downed power lines and have your emergency plan ready!) POST: When I go back and look at photographs of wildfires I’ve made in the middle of the night it’s often like peering into a lucid dream, something that seems real but also ethereal and impermanent. The images convey details that my mind forgets in it’s sleep deprived state, the subtle reflection of flame off the ocean, the blue and red lights out of frame giving the entire image a color cast, never to be repeated in the same palate, other than that short burst of time the shutter was open. It was truly strange to be standing to close to the Pacific Ocean, and in some cases the beach, watching the Thomas Fire burn all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Even the little bit of brush between the railroad tracks and the sand eventually caught on fire. Going through some images from the last two seasons for a little project I’m contributing to with an organization I am so honored to be working with. Looking forward to sharing that with you soon. Also, don’t forget the print giveaway! Sign up for my mailing list in bio and tag a friend here to be entered! .
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Just keep on walking/trotting. With the wind now at our backs the fire, which can be seen moving across the wooded hill on the left, kept pace with us as we hustled to beat it to the next corner on the line. Britania Mountain, 2018 photo by: Kyle Miller @kwmiller945
I wait too long to jump on the 'flying' part #yikes
When the plant in front of you is way more interesting than the lake in the distance 🙄