Sunset Over Poplar Lake, Near The Gunflint Trail, Minnesota, July 2006
The spiritual center of Minnesota is on fire. A large fire, perhaps overdue, has taken many square miles of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the last week, and is still out of control. It could burn for weeks, and if there are no heavy rains, months. The BWCAW is a place of natural beauty, few people who travel there leave untouched by a sense of its natural spirit. It just is, and it has inspired generations of people who feel a need to make a connection to the land and water, unchanged by human touch. Even the rocks of the area are ancient, billions of years old.
I've written here about my timid sojourns there, last summer was spent among the pines and swamps in places that have burned, or may yet burn. I'm almost afraid to check the evening news tonight for I already know that today was a bad day.
Can one pray for a forest?