the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

fire clouds

If they burn hot enough, the fires kick up particles high into the atmosphere. If conditions are right, water droplets cling to the particles and form storm clouds capable of producing lighting, strong winds and sometimes even rain — through rarely ever enough to help out fire crews battling a blaze below.

“Right now, as far as lighting goes, we’re not anticipating anything for the next few days,” Waters said.

“So it’s not up to Mother Nature, it’s up to humans.”

(text from here)
(image from here)
p.s. the wallow fire has burned over 500 square miles — about 10 times the size of Manhattan.


Once I wasn’t always so plain.
I was strewn feathers on a cross
of dune, an expanse of ocean
at my feet, garlands of gulls.

 “Love of My Flesh, Living Death,” Lorna Dee Cervantes

gold fish coin purse
found via pour porter