F: From the Back of a Motorcycle #5: Mountains on Fire

I rarely have the actual image that goes with the poetry in these posts, but this one about fire is an exception.

This is the fifth post in a series featuring one of my photos taken from the back of our (moving) Honda Sabre Shadow, paired with words I wrote while on a ride with my husband. I took this shot with an iPhone 4.


Old fire. New fire.

Face up to towering conifers…

Down to rushing, racing rivers.

And red-winged blackbirds in high country pastures.

~ experienced from the back of a motorcycle, july 23, 2013~

My short poetry began as tweets, limited in characters. Now I choose to keep them short and sweet with a few strong impressions from that ride. On this day long ride in southern Idaho, we saw burn damage as well as smoke shrouded mountains in the distance.

As always I welcome your comments on this or any other part of my blog. And stay tuned for more!

I’m joining Lens and Pens by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature.


for Fire

for Fire


25 thoughts on “F: From the Back of a Motorcycle #5: Mountains on Fire

  1. Meghan Post author

    I’m glad you were safe! There is a fire fighting center where we live in McCall. Fire is a horrible thing yet in truth the forests need it sometimes to regenerate. Mother Nature is so creative.

  2. Meghan Post author

    I agree! Isn’t that funny. Yet, it is so much easier to use my Canon Powershot than risk the iPhone… but the results are soooo much better with the superior camera in the phone.

  3. janet

    We had to evacuate our cabin one summer in Wyoming as a forest fire was so close we could see it. The plane was scooping water from the lake to dump on the fire. Fortunately, none of the cabins were burned and only two buildings in the area were burned, but that was close enough for me!


  4. Angeline

    Lovely photo. I find that the smart phones work wonderfully well to photograph from a moving vehicle with no blur or shake. I’ve tried using my digital camera in the car and it just never works.

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  6. Sally

    Wonderful landscape and the mountains (or hills) are shown as illusive but alluring. Very nice. Happy Photo Challenge.

  7. Meghan Post author

    Oh my, a tornado really frightens me! And thank you for the thought about the power of just a few words. 🙂

  8. Meghan Post author

    Thank you. I am always surprised when I get a super shot using my iPhone from the back of a moving motorcycle. It’s an amazing little camera. Do you have a camera on your phone? You don’t need to lug around the DSLR, you can just remember your phone! 😉

  9. Meghan Post author

    Thank you so much Genevieve, but I didn’t get any shots of the actual burn damage, just this one of all the smoke covered mountains. That said, the burn damage I did see from fires a few years ago did have a beauty as the forests had begun again.

  10. Y.P.

    I like the variety of posts you offer – but your poems front eh back of the motor cycle are my favorite each week. what a great idea! and what creative poems – old fire…new fire…. bonnet fire! 🙂

  11. Felicia

    Absolutely stunning photo! You’re so inspirational and visiting your blog always makes me want to pick up my camera and go take more pictures. Your poem goes well with it too. Love the combination.

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