Full Moon Flint

Photo by Trapper Collova taken yesterday evening. Now the fire is massive and just a few miles west of us.

Full moon flint
Strike the talussed edge
Of human solicitude
The flame will arrive
Before dawn


©2018, Amaya Engleking



  1. trE · June 28

    The photo is amazing. Fire, a dangerous, yet strikingly beautiful thing.

    It’s strange how something can be beautiful and awful as well.

    Your words are lovely.

    • Gospel Isosceles · June 28

      Thanks, Tre. We’ll see how this all goes but I agree, I could just watch the sky all day right now.

  2. Phyllis Rogers · June 28

    Reblogged this on Life On The Lake and commented:
    Amaya Engleking has captured the essence of living in the shadows of a raging fire in Colorado. The picture is astounding in it’s beauty as well.

    • Gospel Isosceles · June 28

      There is much beauty in the shifting smoke. It’s getting a little close for comfort now though now with this hot wind. Thank you for sharing with your readers, Phyllis.

  3. saynotoclowns · June 28

    Oh no!!
    Was just thinking about the Westcliffe area yesterday, and wondering how the season was going!

    • saynotoclowns · June 28

      Accidentally posted too soon, was going to add, stay safe! 🙏

    • Gospel Isosceles · June 28

      I haven’t heard of any Westcliffe fires yet, but Vanessa, all of southern Colorado is so dry. San Juans, Sangre de Cristos, (so-called) Wet Mountains, everywhere. I know in our valley we only got less than 20% of the annual snowfall than what has been averaged over last ten years. And everyone is desperately awaiting monsoon, but so far nothing.

  4. Lona Gynt · June 28

    Praying for rain and compassion, I hope you have Evac options if necessary, I hope your little ones aren’t frightened. 😔

    • Gospel Isosceles · June 28

      Thank you. Fire’s been doubling in size with every new official update. It’s only about ten miles to the west of us now. I just packed — just in case — we need to evacuate, though we’re not even on pre-evac status yet. And no one’s afraid. They’ve enjoyed looking up at the mesmerizing smoke plumes and seeing the red sun. I don’t think I’ll be sleeping much tonight though. Thanks again for your prayers, Lona.

  5. bcparkison · June 28


  6. qbit · June 29

    Wow, hope you are all OK!

  7. kvennarad · July 15

    It all goes to show that the one thing you can’t do with nature is refer to the manual.

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