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Evidence of fire

Burnt forest near Spoleto on the way to Terni

On the way to Joules’ oncological vet in Terni, we had to pass through heavily-wooded countryside just South of Spoleto.

It was clear there had been a particularly vicious forest fire on both sides of the road.

In some places, the only trees spared were those right in the very bottom of the valley, next to the dry river bed.

But it was amazing and heartening to see tiny patches of green foliage which either survived the fire or are now beginning to creep back.

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  1. September 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Within the ashes of destruction sows the seeds of new beginnings.

    • Damaris
      September 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Yes, nature is very resilient.

  2. September 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Fires are so devastating – like death. But, as you say, after death comes life and there is hope. You will be able to watch as this comes fully back to life.

    • Damaris
      September 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Fires can certainly be beneficial as part of the cycle of regeneration in a forest, but I find myself wondering who owned this forest, were they planning to harvest the wood soon, did they have insurance etc. Also, of course, were any civilians or firefighters hurt? This was probably the fire they were fighting when ours was raging and they had no helicopters to spare.

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