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WRITE ON: West burns while East floods

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The “balance of nature” seems oddly out of balance at the moment.

While much of the Western United States seems to be on fire, Finger Lakes folks are dealing with epic, endless rainstorms and flooding.

The first year we moved home to the Finger Lakes, we drove around snapping pictures of the impacts of a 100-year storm. Now those seem almost yearly.

Wildfires are equally terrifying. Both are reminders how powerless we are against Mother Nature’s whims, despite human beliefs to the contrary.

I dodged several wildfires in Northern California a few weeks ago, driving north on an interstate highway from San Francisco to the Pacific Northwest.

One close-to-the-highway blaze had started less than an hour before I drove by. It was probably 5 acres, a small affair by wildfire standards. But flames were already threatening to jump from the dry grass to nearby pine trees.

Firefighting aerial bombers were doing flyovers, dropping huge loads of fire........

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