We’ve been saving wood scraps in a burn pile in the woods for maybe four years now. We didn’t want to light it during the summer or fall due to wildfire possibilities–but three inches of new-fallen snow is perfect. Twilight approaches: we grab newspaper, spruce kindling, lighter. Tonight we’re burning our beloved “bat house” that Barry made years ago when we tried to create bat habitat. Unfortunately, those darn bats preferred to snooze in knot holes in our old cedar siding. And these days you don’t see too many bats flying around; it seems many have succumbed to white nose syndrome. That’s sad, because bats eat all sorts of insects, and wee biting creatures can be unpleasant during mosquito, black fly, deer fly, no-see-um season in early summer.
Soon the pile burns, burns, burns! We carefully arrange more wood around the flames. Not too many all at once. It’s bonfire art. It’s sweet–standing around the fire, listening to the crackling wood, moving away from the smoke.
No marshmallows, no hotdogs, no s’mores. There’s spaghetti with veggies up at the house. We’ll tend the fire for several hours in the dark November evening.
Thanks for stopping by our bonfire. (This post has failed to be a Photo Short. It’s two photos and too many words to qualify. It’s a Photo Short wannabe, lol.)
An early winter fire must be a treat!
It was fun–thanks, Frank!
Looks like fun and true to your blessing…joy in simple things.
Yes, perfect, Anna. You’ve exactly said it!
I couldn’t tell you the last time I was around a bonfire. Yours looks pretty and carefully tended.
Maybe it’s time for a bonfire, Ally Bean. And, yes, careful tending is a must in the woods.
Bonfires are against the law here. But back in the day it was fun.
I miss those. 🙂
I hope you can sit next to one soon.
I love a wannabe-post!
Ha ha, Leelah, me too!
What a fun outdoor activity! Great photos too
Thank you, Mr. Jeff! It was cool…and I kept telling Barry it would have to be a Photo Short.
Well I, for one, am not complaining about the number of photos nor the number of words 😉
I so love a winter bonfire and haven’t participated in one (is that how we say it?) in eons!
That second photo is notecard worthy!
Thanks, Dale! It was a great evening–and I sure liked that second photo, too. Thanks for the notecard suggestion.
It’s truly wonderful! The framing, the light, the subject…
That looks like a lot of fun ♥️
It was a great evening, LaDonna!
Fire and snow look so beautiful together.
They sure do, Tilly. Lovely combination.
A beautiful bonfire. The kind I like to stand around and contemplate “life.” My guy used to make one every early spring to burn up deadwood that fell during the winter. I used to stand around it but every year, got sicker and sicker afterwards Discovered that I’m allergic to one of the trees whose branches had fallen and were flaming. Oops. Now, I stay indoors for bonfires. ;-0 😦
Oh no, I am sorry to hear that you learned you had allergies to one of the trees you burn. I would stay away from bonfires, too!
You are reminding me of my own messy burn pile that needs bonfiring.
If you take a picture of it toward nighttime even a messy burn pile can look romantic. LOL
That looks so magical, a bonfire in a snowy setting. We’re not allowed to have bonfires without a special permit here but it looks like fun and a chance to do some deep thinking.
I guess special burn permits are needed at times…to keep our forests safe. It was a great evening around the bonfire. The snow made it so nice.
Beautiful! Now we need to do the same. XOXO
See, Stacy–a burn pile or a romantic bonfire. It’s all in the storytelling, lol!
I love your magical bonfire… I can just imagine standing there, watching the flames, listening to the song of the fire, communing with the spirits who drop in … Magic!
Thanks, dear friend!