Will our Planet Burn Down before we can enjoy it, paint it or preserve it?

Glacier National Park is on Fire-Do you care?… and why you should!

Cheryl Johnson photographing Lake McDonald
I am an artist and photographer and travel for inspiration. Now wild forest fires are on my mind. Creating new Secret Forest Paintings inspired by my summer Photography is my next goal. I plan to utilize images from my travels and focus on combining photography with my art to help bring an awareness to Global Warming, Natural Disasters and the concern for our forests. cheryljohnsonartist.com

After my Summer Vacation and learning of fires in Montana and Glacier Park I am alarmed.

Wildfires are happening and everyone needs to be aware.

Perhaps you have heard of the the fires in California dominating the natural disaster news, but you may have missed the report that Montana’s extraordinary Glacier National Park is burning.

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Behind Most Wildfires, a Person and a Spark: ‘We Bring Fire With Us’ Firefighters battled the Mendocino Complex Fire this month. In total, fires in California have burned one million acres so far this year.CreditJustin Sullivan/Getty Images

California wildfires are burning like never before, already breaking records as summer fire season is still just beginning. The fires have destroyed thousands of structures and continue to cause evacuations and closures, including in several of California’s National Parks.

Glacier National Park fires continue. Glacier Park fire grows to nearly 8,000 acres, prompting evacuations and warnings.

Howe Ridge Fire, Sunday, August 12, 2018 NPS Photo https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

I talked to my sister Bonnie in Post Falls and she said. “ “The smoke is what’s affecting us…” My birds need airmasks.

Bonnie Lupton photo.

Can we blame climate change?

If you simply open your eyes and read anything about climate change you will learn that Climate change greatly affects global agriculture, our forests and our national treasures like Glacier Park as well as the individual health and welfare of you. It is reported that “Climate change is a result of excessive greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.”

“Though the current trend of increasing severe wildfire frequency in parts of the US is projected to continue as the climate warms, droughts and wildfires are …likely to occur every year.” Is Global Warming Fueling Increased Wildfire Risks? The effects of global warming on temperature, precipitation levels, and soil moisture are turning many of our forests into kindling during wildfire season. Read more.

We live in a Greenhouse

Nasa Says, “Most climate scientists agree the main cause of the current global warming trend is human expansion of the “greenhouse effect”1 — warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space.”

But what about our National Treasures our forests are burning?

File photo provided by the National Park Service shows the Howe Ridge Fire from across Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Mont. The wildfire in northwest Montana’s Glacier National Park is forcing evacuations and has burned within a mile of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road. The Missoulian reported Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 that the Howe Ridge fire had grown to more than 12 square miles, and shifting winds are forecast over the next day and a half. (National Park Service via AP, File)

Glacier National Park fire threatens the Lake McDonald area and Going-to-the-Sun Road

I am devastated to learn that the place I chose on my yearly bucket list trips is burning. For many years my ideal vacation is to drive to Lake McDonald, stay at the Lodge and then drive the road to the sun and be able to capture the beauty of this incredible place. This year was no exception and in early August I started my trek across this beautiful country.

Cheryl Johnson traveling on the Road to the Sun.

This year, I traveled to see my sisters who live in Idaho and Montana. We lovingly refer to ourselves as “Carls Daughters.” Cheryl Johnson, Bonnie Lupton and Marlene Affeld.

Carl’s Daughters Carl, Bonnie, Marlene, Cheryl
Carl’s Daughters: Cheryl Johnson, Marlene Affeld (Wild Lil), Bonnie Lupton

Thanks to the generosity of sister Bonnie. I made the drive in my sisters little Mini Cooper, Ruby. How ideal to drive in an open top convertible on the Going to the Sun Road and be able to take pictures of the surrounding beauty.

My favorite destination. Lake McDonald, Montana.

Cheryl Johnson photographing the beauty of Lake McDonald.

NOW IT IS BURNING ALL AROUND IT and the lodge is closed.


I cannot imagine the loss if this beautiful place continues to burn.

NOTE: Lake McDonald Lodge closed for the season due to the growth of the Howe Ridge Fire. Follow @GlacierNPS for the latest updates or check out the National Park Service’s website here.

This classic Swiss chalet style lodge is located 10 miles inside Glacier National Park’s west entrance on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, nestled on the shores of the largest lake, Lake McDonald just inside the park.”

Lake McDonald Lodge
Lake McDonald Lodge a perfect place to stay on your vacation.

Each time I go my destination is to stay at this historic Lake McDonald Lodge which is found in a picturesque location on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake McDonald. Staying at the Lake McDonald Lodge is an ideal vacation that will fill your soul with an appreciation of more than food.

THE REAL GOLD IS THE BEAUTY OF THE COUNTRY

This year I stopped to see my sister, “Wild Lil” who lives and mines for gold near Superior Montana first and enjoy the beauty of panning for gold on her claim and actually even found some. Gold in the streams and beauty all around.

We must take the time to see America First and enjoy all the beauty that surrounds us.

Photo by Marlene Affeld, http://www.wildlil.com/

The view from her Gold Claims — Oregon Gulch Gold Project is incredible and what a way to start my journey. “Oregon Creek, which cascades through the gulch, is a primary tributary of Cedar Creek. Oregon Creek has been a significant proven “GOLD” producer. On one section of the creek (part of the Oregon Gulch Project) history records reports that on several claims, men equipped each with only a gold pan and shovel were pulling out an ounce or more to the pan.” states Wild Lil who is an avid prospector, entrepreneur and lover of the land.

Located in the Lolo National Forest, the Oregon Gulch Project spans over 7.3 miles of prime, year-round working water on Oregon Creek and its tributaries.

Do you want to own a placer gold mine in Montana?…contact my sister. Marlene Affeld (Wild Lil)

http://www.wildlil.com/

http://www.wildlil.com/

Montana and Glacier National Park entry way is just in St. Regis Montana…go see it before it is gone.This entire area on alert for forest fires…

Take the time to see America and our National Parks.

Be Alert

Forest Fire destruction and damage that happen to beautiful places i.e, property and people, are positive in many ways and good things can come out of forest fires, too. When you see the smoke and color in the sky and are devastated you just think about how the fire rages through dry underbrush and how can we stop or control it. Good things occur when this happens as it clears the thick undergrowth allowing sunlight to find its way through branches and foliage to reach the forest floor and enable and even encourage the growth of native species of plants to develop.

The media is spreading the word but not the tragic loss of the beauty. Yes all will agree that “Forest fires are a natural and necessary part of the ecosystem. Even healthy forests contain dead trees and decaying plant matter; when a fire turns them to ashes, nutrients return to the soil instead of remaining captive in old vegetation.”

PACIFIC NORTHWEST NEWS details the event.

“Glacier National Park fire threatens Going-to-the-Sun Road”

This National Park Service photo shows the Howe Ridge Fire from across Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Mont., last week. (National Park Service via AP)

“Fire in Glacier National Park leads to evacuations, lost structures” reports USA Today.

It was reported that in the evening hours, natures igniting rod, lightning started the fire on Howe Ridge, northwest of Lake McDonald.

Below is a photo I took of Lake McDonald when I first arrived.

Lake McDonald, Photo by Cheryl Johnson August 2018

NOW Windy and dry conditions caused the fire to rapidly expand.

ABC FOX MT News Staff enlightend us with an update. “North Lake McDonald Road, Going-to-the-Sun Road between Apgar and Logan Pass, and the portion of North Fork Road within the park are closed, along with numerous trails. A full listing of closures is available at: http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/infobull/closures.cfm.

Glacier Park officials say the Going-to-the-Sun Road remains open between St. Mary and Logan Pass.

Glacier National Park remains under Stage II fire restrictions. Campfires are not prohibited, and smoking is also not allowed except in designated areas.”

If you love the forest remember Smokey the bears motto —


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