Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense
“Grab an image from your world that holds the promise or portent of the future.”
It’s summer and dry season in Panama. Brush fires are common. While I was away there was one in my favorite field where I often stop to take photos of the mountains, sunsets, trees, and other interesting things.
Even the shrubbery across the street was damaged by the heat.
But, given a couple weeks and a few sprinkles of rain, the future begins to emerge!
This field will be filled with tall green grass swaying in the breezes.
Brush fires are interesting in Panama. In the US, in Florida, all possible measures are taking to prevent fires because they can be so destructive. I think part of the reason that they are so destructive is because when something burns, it probably hasn’t burned for many years. There is so much thick underbrush that the fire has a lot of fuel, so it burns hot and intense and quickly gets out of control. Houses are often made of wood or have many wood components, so homes can easily catch fire and be destroyed.
Here in Panama we are at the end of the dry and windy season. There is evidence of fires everywhere. But, if things burn more frequently there is less fuel and the fire isn’t as hot. Here, in spite of dry conditions and strong breezes, fires seem to burn themselves out fairly quickly. Perhaps a couple firemen will come and squirt water around the edges to keep it back from roads and homes, but usually people pay little attention to the fire. Homes are made of concrete block, usually with tin roofs so there is little to burn.
I posted some photos a while back of the first brush fire in our neighborhood. I went back the next day and there were areas still smoldering, a couple quite close to a home where the occupants were not home. I spoke with a neighbor who seemed very puzzled that I was concerned –
I am worried. There is a fire today close to that house.
There was a fire yesterday.
Yes I know, but there is more fire today and it’s close to the pink house. The people are not home.
That is from the fire yesterday.
Yes I know, but it is dangerous today and it is close to the pink house today.
(puzzled look) Yes….
I think she finally agreed to keep an eye on the situation so I would go away and stop bothering her. When I returned a couple days later, of course everything was fine and the pink house was undamaged, including their plastic chairs out front. They man who lives in the shack at the edge of the field also assured me that he was not worried either.
So, when in Rome…. I guess I will stop worrying about fires. They are natures way of cleaning up and getting ready for future growth. The rainy season is due to resume soon, so I’m sure we will see renewal and growth all around us. The greener future will become the present once again.