"Turn Around" ...

That poignant song about the passage of time comes to mind as I look at these photos. From where I was standing, the second scene (taken by my daughter) was only behind my back on a later date. And this is before they began to dump all the mud and debris they're trying to clear out before the next storm...as they still look for the missing. My daughter says that some people are (understandably) concerned about the ecology of the ocean, but there have been calls to people to come with boots and gloves and to help remove any plastics. It's not snow...it's not going to "just melt away"... There's no perfect solution... We're only Human...
What a terrible time for everyone and so very difficult for families of those who haven’t been able to be found. A moving duo of images.
posted January 15th, 2018  
Such a heartbreaking collage Louise! I am following this on the Thomson FB page you shared with me and the stories and pictures are just horrifying!
Normally we see the news about the fire and the mudslide and after a day or so they don’t report it on the news any more. I can now see this is an ongoing problem which is going to take years to solve if ever! Those poor people who are living through this are coming together and supporting each other. There are good people in this world although we normally only hear about the bad ones!
My thoughts and prayers are with all those involved. Big hugs to your daughter and family as they will feel the effect of this for a long time! Hugs to you and Ke as I know you worry about the family! Xxx
posted January 15th, 2018  
@dide Thank you, Dianne, for taking the time to look and comment.
@pamknowler I'm glad you're following the Thomas Fire page as it really has become an ongoing location for all the community to come together. I was appalled that when I told some of my local "friends" about how bad it all was, here, just a 2-hr drive down the road, they said they didn't realize all that! Either they didn't care to look further into it, or it involved poor reporting. Perhaps a bit of both, but I better understand how people elsewhere feel abandoned after a tragedy and the news stops reporting it!
posted January 15th, 2018  
This is heartbreaking and brings it so vividly to life. With all the natural disasters this year, I can't help feeling like the Native Americans do, that somehow we have displeased Mother Nature, and she is exacting her revenge.
posted January 15th, 2018  
This is just so sad and I am so sorry to hear that this is going to affect people like your daughter for many years to come
posted January 15th, 2018  
that is so powerful!
posted January 15th, 2018  
How will they dispose of all the debris I wonder. It can't just be left dumped somewhere. I too would worry about the ecology of the ocean and coastline. Maybe a giant composter once the plastic has been removed? Thanks for teaching us across the pond what is happening, as you say it has already dropped off our news..
posted January 15th, 2018  
i hope all turns out well for everyone.
posted January 15th, 2018  
Finding the missing people just has to come first.
posted January 15th, 2018  
Everyone is doing the best they can, I’m sure. These are powerful comparative images, side by side they take my breath away.
posted January 15th, 2018  
your two photos are so powerful and moving. Over here we dont seem to have much about on our news anymore either. It makes me wish I could come over and help. You and your family and all the people involved in such a tragedy are in my thoughts.
posted January 16th, 2018  
Awesome shots
posted January 16th, 2018  
Wow...These shots show the difference between pleasing and devastating
posted January 16th, 2018  
Wow, you've (and Ashley) have certainly captured the drama and destruction of the area very poignantly. It will be a long time recovering. I see it's predicted to be another week until 101 is open. Meanwhile it's a 250 mile detour. Ugh.
posted January 16th, 2018  
@stray_shooter 250?!!! You just delivered news I didn't know! The SB teaches who have to get to Ashton's school in Carp are being brought by bus at 6:30 AM with a CHP escort and then taken home at 4:30...each day! And that's just news of only one school... Pray more rain holds off!
posted January 16th, 2018  
Striking contrast. I imagine the ocean will deal with the natural debris in the way it has over the centuries, you're right - it's the unnatural debris that needs removing. Your images bring it back into mind when it is no longer an item on the news over here, yet people are still struggling and grieving and frightened. Kindest thoughts across the ocean xx
posted January 16th, 2018  
A very powerful comparison.
posted January 16th, 2018  
Heartbreaking, hope someone comes up with an answer, keep us posted on how things develop
posted January 16th, 2018  
I find it strange that the authorities allow it.
posted January 17th, 2018  
@leananiemand "The Authorities" are having to do this...highways are many feet deep in water, mud and debris, and they're searching for bodies still as they try to clear the roads. If it were snow, it would disappear, but this is the side of a mountain that came down on a town, and there are slim choices, and while they have to get people moving again, the pace has to be slow and methodical. While traveling, you may not have heard the news story, so I can understand why you would question it.
posted January 17th, 2018  
The first shot is so darn beautiful. The second is so damn tragic. Thanks for keeping us all posted. I have company visiting and would otherwise have taken them up that way to Santa Barbara. But we are, of course, just keeping out of the way.
posted January 18th, 2018  
The fires and mudslides, such tragedy. I like your comment, there is no perfect solution, we're only human.
posted January 18th, 2018  
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