A House in Paradise- With its Defensible Space & Water Cannons- Left Standing

Cal Fire’s link to defensible-space zones below:  


Barbara Maher’s house was built on the edge of a canyon in Paradise, CA. It survived the fire, whereas, a neighbor’s house also on the canyon edge, did not.

She was at home, her husband away, when the fire approached.

“I could hear it rumble,” said Maher, a lab worker at Enloe Medical Center in Chico. “It was like this living thing.”

She had already used sprinklers to wet the roof. Cal Fire inspectors had inspected her house last May- satisfied with the well-cleared space around her house.

Before she fled, she shut all the windows & left the water cannons on in the front of her house. –East Bay Times based

industrial water cannon

water cannons- for pools and fire prevention

Water cannons may be used more frequently in California landscapes in the future. Ideally, a pool could be used as a water reservoir automatically. I’m unaware of how many homeowners had these in Paradise, CA. In the aftermath of the fire, I imagine these may be used by more people for the function of fire prevention. Barbara Maher’s strategy for surviving the wildfire was a sound one. Defensible space around her home along with water cannons may have played a part in saving her house.

Composition in Photography and Symmetry in Nature

I recently attended a talk on composition in photography given by Erin Babnik. The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a wonderland of photographic-composition challenges. Walking through the garden on Mother’s Day I thought of Erin’s topics of symmetry and intention. My daughter’s comment about the intention of this asymmetrical succulent was a good laugh!

“It’s really hard to find symmetry in nature. That’s what makes it so exciting.”

Erin Babnik, landscape photographer