In honor of Earth Day I took some photos of the aftermath left by grass fires that mysteriously start all times of the day and night in our area. Spring and Fall brings out the “fire bugs.” Sometimes if fires are not being set we wonder “Who is in jail?” During the winter we are safe and during the summer if we have enough rainfall we are safe because green vegetation doesn’t burn as well as the dry vegetation.
There was a strong wind the other day, the fire was set on both sides of the road, but it burned much better to the north. Burr Oaks are a great fire break, it burned some into the brush and then went out…or was put out by the local Volunteer Fire Department.
That is the Fire Chief’s place in the distance and the old farmstead where I grew up.
There is a ban on burning here in Minnesota as of Monday April 21st.
On our drive we saw an Owl at the edge of the Highway.
He/she was a beauty. I think it may have been sick or injured…perhaps stunned momentarily. We went back the next morning to see if it was still there and it was not in the ditch or at the edge of the field. We hope it recovered and flew off! I think this might be a Saw-Whet Owl. It was a rare opportunity to see one so close up…he thought we were pretty interesting.