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sitting in the pines, waiting to set fire to the prairie

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High Park is 161 acres in downtown Toronto. It is an endangered prairie. Most of the prairie was destroyed when North America was settled. The tallgrass oceans now are fields of corn. This little remnant is being restored by volunteers like myself. It is a wide open space of tall grasses, flowers and black oak trees. Before anyone lived here, this burned regularly. The plants require it to survive and flourish. Each spring parts of High Park are burned. I like plants and I like fire. My idea of a good time.

factotum says:

Great photos of an interesting event! I'm glad you had your camera with you this year.

21st Apr 2007, 03:38

Jigalong says:

Great series of pics. Thanks very much for bringing these to us, because you will smell like forest fires for a while:)

Now this is spinning me out. If it was taken in Australia, I would say that this is typical of what it looks like at the end of Summer: dead and dry. Is this typical of what natural bushlands/grasslands look like straight after the snow has thawed? If so its not what I had perceived at all.

21st Apr 2007, 05:05

swamprose says:

yes, I still smell like I've been roasting marshmellows. I have to go to a wedding today. Wonder if anyone will say anything.

J, things look pretty much like this at the end of summer, but snow presses things down a bit. Right now this is what everything looks like--yellow, dry, brown. Big difference is that now everything is ready to grow, sap is up. In the fall, everything is hunching down, sap to the roots, ready to survive freezing and snow. Sap is up now. Mine too. :)

21st Apr 2007, 13:44

hildegard says:

We've just had serious peat fires in the Peak District. Scary - the peat should be pretty much waterlogged at this time of year.

21st Apr 2007, 15:49

swamprose says:

the UK is that dry? now? from what I know, peat burns long and slow and is very difficult to put out.

22nd Apr 2007, 02:04

hildegard says:

Yeah - it's stupid dry. Not been enough snow for years, never mind rain at other times. Peat's hard to re-wet once it's dried out, so melting snow's important in getting it all lovely & spongey again.
Nasty thing with peat is once it's really got going, it'll burn underground, so you think you've put it out & then the fire appears in front of you. No fair.

22nd Apr 2007, 05:16

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