Nothing is more destructive than fire in my opinion. If you have experienced one you know! There was a fire in the duplex we lived in Key West, it spread from the neighbor’s side. The only thing lost was my tools and fishing stuff. But they were destroyed.
When aboard the USS Independence we had a huge fire. I had the watch and it was hard to see and breathe in the smoke as I sounded the alarm. That was a bad fire but nothing like the one on the USS Forrestal that destroyed a good part of the ship.
(Now isn’t that sea beautiful?)
Water itself is also destructive and strong. We have areas in the NC Mts. That it is very dangerous sometimes in the spring for flooding. In the desert southwest we saw bridges with no water. I heard a statement once, “You may be from Arizona if you do not associate bridges with water.”
(Flash Flood damage)
But Native folks will tell you and signs will too, “DO NOT PARK HERE FLASH FLOOD DANGER”, when it looks like you are 100 miles from nowhere and it is dry as a chip. I tell Sherry I don’t believe it, but to be on the safe side we won’t park there. HA HA!
(Home away from home!)
(We camped within 15’ of this beautiful fall)
In contrast when under control and in the right circumstances open fire and water can be the most beautiful and relaxing phenomena’s. We love a campfire by a beautiful stream. There is something mesmerizing about both wonders. After I was six years old we never had a fire place. But My Great Grandpa did. I loved sitting on the floor around the fireplace, while we roasted peanuts and the old folk told stories. I would gaze for hours at the coals and logs as they made different designs then morphed into something else. I learned later that stoves were much more efficient for heat.
(I searched hundreds of pictures an could not find a fireplace like Grandpa’s this is a little too modern for his)
I have probably burned three or four cords of wood lately while working on Mark’s storage areas down in the woods. Yesterday I actually moved my HOT fire in a wheel barrow. I lined the bottom with bricks shoveled a pile of hot coals and two big logs in and hauled them closer home. Now we have a fire near the house. That is a first for me. Moving a live fire.
A day later and we sat out by that fire tonight.
Thanks for coming by the log.
PS: (for Fred the only pilot who reads, I think)
'When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane, you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.'
-Multi-Engine Training Manual-