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Pictures for Pam, Day 86: Burned Wood on Well House

Pictures for Pam, Day 86: Burned Wood on Well House
(+2 insets!)

A couple of days ago I went out with my camera and got some frosty pictures down by our front gate. On the way back I decided to take a quick detour to check out our old well house shed. Roughly a 5-foot cube, it lay on its side in a ruined heap. This was one of the many casualties of the terrible wildfire that erupted on our property a few years ago. The fire engulfed our whole shop and half of our hillside but our home was saved and nobody was hurt.

Lately I've been glancing over at that well house as I walk up and down our road in the morning. I've avoided taking pictures of anything related to the fire but my overwhelming feeling of remorse is slowly lifting and I wondered if there were pictures to be found there.

Walking over to the shed, I realized that it was a treasure trove of macro pictures! Charred wood, exposed and rusty screws, nails, hinges...oh my, but the dozens of cool subjects I saw got me so excited I could hardly stand it! Unfortunately I couldn't stay more than a minute or two because of the cold. I was on a 15-minute timer and needed to get back inside before my toes and fingers were in serious pain. I did take a couple of pictures though, and I thought this image of charred wood would be fun to share today. I'll be doing a proper photo shoot in the next week I hope! (I'm also sharing a panorama of our burned hillside in silhouette during a gorgeous sunrise and another Table Rocks sunrise)

Pam, have you guys ever had wildfires around your place or close enough to become quite concerned? It's no fun, let me tell you. This wildfire happened one afternoon when a ground squirrel climbed up the power pole and somehow got electrocuted, fell into the grass and started the fire. Steve found out as he was driving home and called me at work as I was leaving for the day. We were so afraid for our animals...but when we got home, we learned that our house was save and our animals were all ok. Thank goodness for our awesome fire department! I hope you are doing ok today! Sending *HUGGGGGS*!!!

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43 comments - The latest ones
 Pam J
Pam J club



20 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Phenomenal shots!

Admired in:
20 months ago.
©UdoSm club
Hi Janet, a good macro and what an impressive story behind it ...
20 months ago.
uwschu club
Spuren der Zerstörung können sehr gute Motive beinhalten
20 months ago.
 Guy Bacca
Guy Bacca club
Superbe rendu !
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
Magnifique! Bonne dimanche!
20 months ago.
Biobauer club
So schnell kann es gehen, es muss sehr trocken gewesen sein. Im letzten Sommer brannten hier dauernd Felder und Wälder aber die Feuerwehr hatte es im Griff. Mein Landwirtschaftsbetrieb wurde zum Glück verschont. Ich bin gespannt auf die Bilder!
20 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Such a lot of interesting patterns on that wood!!!
20 months ago.
Annemarie club
well done:)
Happy sunday:)
20 months ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
a beautiful macro but a sad history behind!
20 months ago.
Matt club
Again a beautiful macro capture and in addition a fascinating story. I'm happy to say, that up to now I had not to fight against wild fires in any way. Basically this is not a real probelm in the part of middle Europe up to now. The story sounds, that there is still the need for you to be prepared for another fire in future. RE: I would like to thank you so much (!!) for being interested in my photography. Yes, it is a vinatge lens and there is no newer version available. But Zeiss is ongoing devoloping newer lenses for digital cams. I'm also using different newer Zeiss lenses, e.g. some from the "Distagon" series. They are unique. They all work manual (no auto focus), but very specific in color treatment and resolution. Older lenses with a M42 mount are offered for a moderate price in the 2nd hand market. If you did not try to adapt an older M42 lens to a modern cam you should do this. It's pure pleasure! But please buy not the cheapest ones.
20 months ago.
Gudrun club
I really love the structures in the charred wood, just like ab abstract work of art! The two panoramas are gorgeous.
You had a lucky escape from the fire! I'd be scared of living in an area where wildfires can happen on a regular basis.
20 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
I like thee structure of the wood.
20 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Great shot with impressive textures. I also loike the story!
20 months ago.
Zulma club
It is impossible not to find beauty in such terrible destruction. It is really sad but still there is a treasure to be captured and not to be forgotten of that moment. The real archive in your hands.

Have a great Sunday my dear Pod Sister. Temps are high today (37ºF) in this crazy weather, from 2ºF yesterday.
20 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbes photos avec notes. Quelle tristesse pour le feu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Bonne journée. Nicole.
20 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
Magnifique ! C'est curieux d'observer la structure du bois brûlé...
Triste réalité, mais une très belle image.
20 months ago.
Ruth club
A fabulous image Janet, you have done a marvellous job of capturing the textures in the wood.
20 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
A wonderfully detailed shot. The charred wood and the grain lend themselves to a superb image!
20 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
le temoin d' un triste souvenir janet !!
20 months ago.
 Peggy C
Peggy C club
Finding beauty in something that has been destroyed takes a unique POV, Janet ...
Never have been closer to a fire than in Florida ... 2 houses up on the same side of the street. When all the Fire Trucks showed up, I was out with my Canon A630 taking hundreds of pics.
Just in case the owners needed it for insurance purposes ... they had just completed re-doing the inside of that home.
My next door neighbor was out of town - she was closest to the heat, though we felt it 2 yards down. Where in here the photos are, I have no idea - transferred them over from Flickr when I jumped ship!
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
What a super idea for a macro shot................and brilliantly executed. The shapes and textures in the charred wood are absolutely fascinating and beautiful. The light on the wood is excellent and almost makes the surface look like metal. Really stunning Janet and one of the most original macro images I've seen for ages.

I love the PiPs too..!!
20 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
your left inset looks like a burning forest....
20 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Un résultat aussi surprenant que extraordinaire ce bois de charbon en gros plan, quelle superbe idée... mais quels drames tous ces incendies ravageurs !
Bonne semaine à venir chère Janet.
20 months ago.
Chrissy club
so schön kann verbranntes Holz sein!
20 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
it is amazing
20 months ago.
sea-herdorf club
Ein perfektes Foto, Janet...
Von einem Feuersturm.
Freundliche Grüße und einen schönen Sonntagabend
20 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Always amazing textures in burnt timber and here Janet you have the perfect illustration of the beauty it can hold and using the nail as a focal point was a stroke of genius,
A fantastic capture !!!
20 months ago.
 Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor club
Wonderful texture, well written narrative, and the accompanying photos are lovely.
20 months ago.
Esther club
Gorgeous! It looks more like a diamond that a nail.
20 months ago.
Ecobird club
Wonderful textures here and I love the PiPs Janet. The fire sounds awful. I am pleased you were all safe though. Have a good week.
20 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
How awful to have been in a forest fire, I've been involved in a fire when I was on holiday in Greece and it was very scary. At least I didn't have any property or animals to worry about like you. I am so happy that you and your family/animals were safe.

These are amazing photos. The charred remains of the door is fantastic, but you say a nail is in the middle, it looks like a bullet too!!!! As for the two sunrises - fantastic. What a view you have and thank you so much for sharing it with us.
20 months ago.
niraK68 club
Tolles Muster im verkohlten Holz
20 months ago.
Dinesh club

Thought provoking "write"
20 months ago.
neira-Dan club
les détails sont extraordinaires !! belles photos
20 months ago.
polytropos club
This is an amazing macro! I do like the structure of this burned piece of wood! It has something futuristic also, like a spaceship out of the "Star Trek" movies, especially with this "eye" (I guess it's a nail) and the dark background.
... and wonderful PIP's too!
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
cammino club
Fantastic close-up!!!
20 months ago.
tiabunna club
Well composed and fabulous details and textures, with two great panoramas in the PiPs. We were fortunate with fires and our farm. Although there were some bushfires nearby, and as part of the local volunteer brigade I was called out a few times, they were well contained fairly quickly.
20 months ago.
Heidiho club
Perfect macro and composition. The nail (?) in focus looks like a diamond inmidst all the disaster.
20 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
Janet je viens de lire ton texte.. il est encore bien dans tes pensées,
ce douloureux souvenir restera toute ta vie devant tes yeux...!
Oui ta photo est extraordinaire... très belle dans l'horreur du bois brûlé..
ce morceau de métal rond cerclé d'un anneau couleur cuivre est d'un très bel effet
sur bois brûlé....
Janet je ne peux m'empêcher de penser en regardant que c'est .....
une montre.. sur son bracelet de bois craquelé par les années..,
et ça me paraît comme un signe du destin...
le temps s'est arrêté à la fin de l'incendie cette montre en est le témoignage..
à nouveau bravO Janet...tu as un regard immense, beau et sensible sur tout ce qui t'entoure
20 months ago.
FarbFormFreude club
that's the magic of photography, just an old useless piece of wood - but how beautiful it can be, if seen with open eyes (and presented with some skills) ...
20 months ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Fabulous patterns and detail in the charred wood Janet. Love the inset panoramas too.
20 months ago.
 Colette NoËl
Colette NoËl club
This picture of a burned piece of wood is amazing ! Fire are always awful ! I'm Happy no one was hurt ! Take care of you, Janet !
20 months ago.

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