The burning of Alaska… or news vs reality
Around the world many indigenous cultures have a vastly different terminology for the changing of the seasons. The great majority of them base this terminology on their subsistence survival way of life. For example our spring may be called fish because it is the time of year when fish return to the waterways. Other times may be designated for when bears or moose are at there best for harvesting. Having been in Alaska for now over 20 years I have personally designated this time of year the season of ‘smoke’.
The emotionally stirring vista of the hills and valleys surrounding my cabin are once again obscured by the haze of smoke, and the smell of millions of burning tress. Sometimes I wonder at the irony of a news report that leads with the tale of a major forest fire in California threatening homes. Touted in the report as a ‘massive’ 1,000 acre fire I can only be bemused at the use of the word massive. I wonder what we should then call some of the fires we now have here in Alaska. Just this past weekend 38 new fires have started and that does not include the one that tops out at over 30,000 acres and was fought by over 700 fire fighters.
This yearly dichotomy of news versus reality
only reinforces my belief that
‘news’ is in the eye of the beholder
and at times has no bearing on reality.