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In the aftermath of the Waldo Canyon fire

Uploaded by: darnold

Saturday July 7, 2012

Colorado Springs, CO (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: In the Mountain Shadows subdivision, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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19. GoBlue562
3:15 PM GMT on July 10, 2012
darnold, you CAN delete that idiotic post from horacenick. I would do that next time, rather than taking the time to reply. Some people just love to stir the pot.

I lived for 20 years in Colo Spgs, hated to see this happen to such a great city. If it was man-made, I hope that they find the perp.
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18. nanapoo
12:24 PM GMT on July 10, 2012
PS...for all those who seem motivated and determined to shove political or whatever other beliefs into WU.......GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!! Find a blog where you can spill your feelings. We are here to share our photos of beauty and life changing moments!!!
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17. nanapoo
12:18 PM GMT on July 10, 2012
WOW!!! This is a gasp kind of shot! Awesome shot of a heartbreaking event. Definitely a blue frame shot!
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16. hq236
6:50 AM GMT on July 10, 2012
This image makes me think of one thing (something we all should know):

"Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"


There may not have been bombs bursting in the air, but with the fire all around brave first responders stood their ground to save the lives and property of total strangers. Unfortunately, there came a price and not everything was able to be saved.

Yet, once the smoke cleared and rays of sunshine provided enough light to see...there stood the Red, White and Blue in all her glory.

The capture here of hope (the flag and what it stands for) and despair (the rest of the photo) is the epitome of a "Yin and Yang" type photo, and it is a beautiful representation of the resilience that we Americans have.

Great capture! Definitely has been added to the Favorites List and got a "10" from me!!

PS...as far as Horacenick's post about the USA being saboteurs....seriously? Do me a favor...do like I did years ago and put on a tan urban camouflage uniform (for me in my time it was green), pick up a pack and rifle, and go defend that piece of cloth flying over the rubble of what used to be someone's home. Defend what that piece of cloth stands for instead of accusing Big Brother of setting the fires to wipe out countless homes for some illicit government conspiracy.
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15. darnold
7:27 PM GMT on July 09, 2012
HORACENICK

What does this have to do with saboteur's? I believe the homeowner, like so many others in the neighborhood, have raised a flag in honor of being American, in honor of the first responders who battled bravely, in honor of our resilience.

What was totally amazing about this was the neighborhood was not completely destroyed. Once house left unscathed while the next burned to the ground. In fact, in one or more of my photos, you can see neighbor houses that are still standing.

When I kept up with coverage on this fire, I assumed these people had built deep into a forest. The shocking thing was, no they did not. This was actual city that burned, not some cabins up in the mountains and down gravel roads.

Dave
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14. Biskitten
7:11 PM GMT on July 09, 2012
No, it definitely does not mean that, Horsenick!
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13. horacenick
6:00 PM GMT on July 09, 2012
This means the United States is a saboteur?
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12. miamilady
4:18 PM GMT on July 09, 2012
Such a poignant image of a sad scene but a resilient soul. Congratulations on the AC.
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11. Doesiedoats
1:12 PM GMT on July 09, 2012
Excellent story photo of a very sad situation
and the hope that goes forward.

I remember seeing a similar sight in 1989 when
wildfire swept through the Oakland, CA hills
destroying I don't know how many homes.

Congratulations on the Blue Border and the VIP.
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10. Kennebunker
10:27 AM GMT on July 09, 2012
Very eloquent image - one that reminds us all of the will to live, to survive and conquer disaster. Kudos to you, and congratulations on having your message recognized with a VIP Blue Border.
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9. LilyZ
7:42 AM GMT on July 09, 2012
So sad...


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8. stoneygirl
6:20 AM GMT on July 09, 2012
The flag waving gently in the breeze is just wonderful until your eyes are drawn to the home that was destroyed. I have no adequate words to offer the homeowner for such a devastating loss. All I can say is God bless and my heart is heavy. Congrats on the AC and showing us the true destruction of this fire.
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7. PatienceMelissa
4:11 AM GMT on July 09, 2012
What a shame... but the flag is still standing! Condolences to all who lost so much....
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6. gingyb
1:14 AM GMT on July 09, 2012
How sad
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5. SVLover
11:55 PM GMT on July 08, 2012
I ws just thinking of you the other day - but for wondering about how your lighting season is going - not this. :(
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4. catilac
11:30 PM GMT on July 08, 2012
So very tragic :( Congrats on this coverage
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3. Biskitten
11:09 PM GMT on July 08, 2012
Our flag still stands - great shot of a terrible disaster - AC Congrats!
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2. SunsetSailor
10:14 PM GMT on July 08, 2012
Touchingly, we saw this raising of US flags all along the Gulf coast after Katrina, as a symbol for our damaged land and the promise of hope for better days ahead.Thank you for this image.
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1. Madermade
9:52 PM GMT on July 08, 2012
How very sad.....too bad those stormy clouds overhead couldn't have dumped rain there sooner! Great shot!
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I've been in New Mexico for nearly 6 years and I have absolutely fallen in love with the landscape and rejuvenated my love of photography. Visit my site at www.davearnoldphoto.com for southwestern landscape, night photography and lightning photography. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know what your thoughts are.Create your own visitor map!

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