Scars Can Be Beautiful
Day 16 of 30
Painting number 17 is another landscape. This one is from the Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley, Idaho. Several years ago there was a devastating forest fire in this area. Forest fires are a common occurrence in the West and unfortunately this year is no exception. It's been a very sobering summer with fires all around us. Smoke filled the valley air in Boise for weeks on end.
I felt so lucky while attending the plein air paint-out at Redfish Lake last week. There was no smell of smoke...no troubling fires nearby. But driving home I was reminded of fires past, where we still see the ravaged hillsides struggling to recover. Burned tree trunks stand atop the landscape like a week's stubble on a man's face. Unfortunately we can't shave the hillside and expect new growth. We have to be patient and wait for Mother Nature to take her time.
I saw this section of the mountains aglow from the sunrise and pulled over to admire the early autumn colors of the new red/orange undergrowth. Scarred deeply yes, but oh so very beautiful. A sign that fall is coming and these beautiful hillsides are on the mend.