The Color of Heat


Another kind of bold color.

It’s hot. Everywhere.

If it’s not hot, it’s weird weather. Drought. Or, too much rain. Floods. Or, fire. In Greece. In California. In the Southwest. Throughout Europe. A friend from Ireland posted that his emerald country is now brown. Let’s not forget East Asia. People are dying.

I don’t care what you believe about this hour’s weather. I don’t care what your politics are. Red. Blue. Purple. Those things don’t matter. As BoB Dylan once wrote about something slightly different, “It doesn’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

It’s the anomalies that are signs of climate change. All these weird weather related events. You can say that they are cyclical. You might even be right. But, when a cycle lasts 5,000 or 10,000 years that’s a pretty long cycle. It will probably kill your ancestors. The ones in the future. And, their ancestors. You know. The ones who are trying to live on Mars to escape Earth.

Anyway, I made this picture because the duality caught my eye. It’s sort of a metaphor for this discussion. Except for the top. But, those bright flowers are dying too. If I were to walk past this place in a day or two, they’d be dead as well.  I did a little work in post production because I always do a little work in post production. In this case, the image needed it. I pretty much fooled the thing that passes for a light meter by exposing from below the subject.

So.

Hi ho, hi ho, It’s off to work I went.

 

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

6 thoughts on “The Color of Heat

  1. It’s a fascinating photo anyway, but given the context of your message it’s worth a second study. The climate issues are a little terrifying to me. California is on fire, as you said, and that’s home to me. But I’m not at all unaware of the worldwide concerns and I’m always aware that we are all connected in this climate survival. It’s sometimes just a lot to take in!

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    1. Yes it is. There is a long story in the Washington Post that prompted me to write what I did. While we don’t have fire and drought issues down here, we lose about a football field’s worth of land every hour. And, we have big storms.

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