Wildfires and Rhododendrons
California has already had its share of wildfires this spring. Last evening we had a freak thunderstorm pass right overhead with giant thunderclaps and a short downpour of pelting rain. Somewhere along the line some lightning set off a wildfire in a remote area of the redwood park that borders the top of our road. Today has been filled with the sounds of a firefighting helicopter flying overhead about 1/2 mile up the road from our house. It has a big bucket hanging from a cable. Apparently the bucket is filled in a nearby lake or river and the helicopter flies back and forth dumping water on the fire. Between the smell of smoke and the drone of the helicopter one of our dogs has been a bit jittery. I needed something else to think about, so I thought ‘rhododendrons’. To divert myself from all the noise I decided to take some photos of our rhododendrons. They are one of my favorite things about spring in Del Norte County. Treasures.