Fire Season — Fires and Fog in February

Fire Season is obviously about Fires, but it has been such a wet Fire Season(*)  that there haven’t been too many Fires to talk about.  For Property Owners, that’s a good thing.  But for various participants in the Agricultural World, the lack of fire can be a problem.  Some trees and plants need Fire to open seed pods.  Farmers use Fire to clear land to grow things, and I am pretty sure they use Fire to “fix” nitrogen in the soil. (**) 

I went out to Belle Glade, Florida in mid-February and there were lots of fires that day.  Belle Glade’s slogan is, “Her Soil is her Future,” and I wish I had taken a picture of the rich, black earth when I was out there.  The Farmers there, set fire to the Sugar Cane crop at some stage in its growth and harvesting.  This was about a week before the annual Sugar Cane Festival. 

These photos are looking Northwest and the slip of blue, are the waters of Lake Okeechobee.  (No, not the guardrail.  Just over the guardrail.)

 (*) It is raining as I write this!

(**) You could look up ‘fixing nitrogen’…

(***) I want to thank the kind folk(s) who took care of my posting sequencing issue!!!

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I am that I am, and so are you.

 I was raised Unitarian Universalist by really good people.  If you’ve followed my Blog, you’ll figure out fairly quickly that  I’m Pagan. (*)

I saw the movie Avatar twice, and appreciated the spiritual message:  that we are all connected.  that we are all part of the Divine.  And because I believe this, Christians automatically think I’m a bad person.  Where do the Christians get off, calling everybody who was raised differently from them, bad? 

I believe God created us in his own image.  I believe God is a multidimensional, multifaceted force.  Thus, God can create christians and their whole faith and resulting belief system.  And at the same time, God can create pagans.  We all have a right to be here.

— > 5-02-2010:  (*) Please note, not all Unitarian Universalists are Pagan, and, not all Pagans are Unitarian Universalists.

Fire Season, in spite of all this rain.

My Daughter Agatha asked me the other day, “How can it be ‘Fire Season,’ if it is raining so much?”

We are having an unusually cold, wet ‘winter’ this year.  (Sometimes I still say, “winter,” because that is how most people refer to this time of year.)  The rain and cold, has no impact upon the progression of the Sun and the Moon, nor does it impact the Stars and Planets, which mark the progress of the Seasons, right?    They are interrelated systems, true.   I haven’t yet found out what drives the progression of Fire Season, Rainy Season, Hurricane Season and Dry Season.  I’m still working on identifying the markers of the Florida Earthway Seasons.

It’s a good question, and I’ll have to keep studying this.

Kitten versus Vulture

I drove two hours up to Sebring yesterday to attend a meeting.  When I arrived at the location, I saw a kitty cat walking down the unpaved driveway.  I watched the kitty cat, who seemed to be troubled by something.  As I pulled my car around the bend in the driveway, I noticed that there were little piles of catfood on the sidewalk.  And, as I continued on the drive, I noticed that there was a Vulture eating some of the cat food.

It seemed to me that the Kitty cat was saying, “You may eat all my food, just please leave me alone!”

These things only happen in Florida.

Fire Season and Live-Oak trees

Here are the photos of the Live Oak.  Live Oak have smaller leaves than Laurel Oak and Water Oak.  Also, these are not located near a stream or low lying area. 

During Fire Season, trees produce their pollen vehicles (*I can’t think of what these are called.  Earlier I had typed seeds.  But that isn’t correct.  A seed is an acorn, and that’s different from the things on the trees here… take a look.  (I’ve mislabeled the photos, I’ve called them ‘berries,).  Very soon, these pollen vehicles will launch a very fine pollen mist all over southwest florida.   

Also  Note the Air Plant on the Live Oak Tree, it is a mich larger one that the one on the Cypress.  (I don’t know if it is a different species, or just a much more mature air plant.)  [sigh, another thing to go look up…]

Fire Season, Cypress Trees.

Ok, so in the previous post, we had some photos of the plants that are in bloom this time of year, Fire Season, and they all have red tones in them.  Today, I’m posting some photos of trees.  This post contains the photos of Cypress (another post will contain the Live Oak photos.)   At this time of year, the Cypress trees are dormant.  They look ‘dead,’ or ‘dried up.’  But they are really ok.   At other times of the year, these trees will have green needles with red at the tips.

The top left photo shows the cypress tree.  They are triangular trees.  The photo under the Tree, shows cypress berries forming. 

The top right photo shows an Air Plant that is living in the Cypress Tree.    The photo under the Airplant, shows the cypress knees.

The Plants of Fire Season: Red.

In mid-February, in Southwest Florida, this is the time of year when the red things are in bloom.  From the top left, we’ve got:  the Croton shrub, the Aloe plant (great for mild burns, and sunburn); 2 plants I’ll have to look up;  the Asparagus Fern,  and the Klanoche.

The Aloe plant has a flowering tip (oh, need another photo) that is reddish-pink on a long spike.  Very fascinating forms.  But note how the tips of the aloe leaves, are tinged with red.  In the Hurricane Season, they are green and fleshy.