Phoenix Rising

Image by Pedro Lastra

Notre Dame Cathedral
Nearly lost in a dreadful fire,
The ornate Spire
Licked by fire, falls.

Devastating to see
This tragedy.

Over 800 years standing tall,
Over 200 years to build,
1000 years of history, all
Nearly lost as the flames stilled.

400 firemen, 8 hours,
The fire finally cowers.

Watching the smoke billowing –
Many looked on at it burned –
My stomach churned,
Seeing smoke, filling

The dark sky.
Tears fill my eyes.

But as a Phoenix rising from the ashes,
The Cathedral will be reborn.
Even though the spiral crashes,
The building, adorned –

Ancient Notre Dame,
New life from the flames

This was in response to 100 Word Wednesday week 117 and the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral a week ago.

Hope you all had a great Resurrection Day! ❤


Wonder Wednesdays: How Does A Fire Extinguisher Work?

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Some fire extinguishers work with spraying water under pressure, but I noticed that some seem to spray out some sort of powder. (And if you’ve seen videos of exploding coffee creamer, then you’ll understand my confusion. 🤣) Turns out, many powder substances when blown into the air becomes flammable, such as sawdust, flour, non-dairy coffee creamer, pollen, powdered milk, cocoa, grain, starch, sugar, and even some metals. The worst dust explosion happened in 1942 in China. The coal-dust explosion killed 1,549 people – 34% of the workers in the mine.

Image Credit: Wikipedia

Found this poster from World War I in Wikipedia’s creative commons. It was put out after six dust explosions. 😬

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A dust explosion happens when something ignites a dispersed flammable substance (fuel) in a confined area.

I do realize that not all powders are combustible, but it made me wonder what is inside a fire extinguisher and why the aerated powder doesn’t combust.

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Fires can happen when heat, oxygen, and fuel combine. You get fire as a chain reaction. A fire extinguisher is designed to remove at least one of these three things, which makes the chain reaction stop.

There are three types of fire extinguishers: water-based (removes heat from the fire), dry chemical (usually filled with foam or a mix of monoammonium phosphate and ammonium sulfate powder with a nitrogen propellant – this works by removing oxygen from the fire), and carbon dioxide (a mix of liquid and gaseous carbon dioxide removes oxygen and heat).

It looks like different extinguishers are used for different fires. For example, you don’t want to use a water-based one for an electrical fire because you may get electrocuted, and you don’t want to use the dry chemical extinguisher on a chlorine or oxidizer fire because that could cause it to explode.

So in short… under the right circumstances, a dry chemical extinguisher COULD explode. 😱

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Go figure.

Playing With Fire – Again

Yup, I’m playing with fire again. 😅 Last time was when my uncles were burning old magazines and newspapers. This time, it was a burn barrel with sticks. 🙂 The photo challenge this week from Dutch Goes The Photo is Heat, and here is my entry.  😀

Zoomed out shot of the fire in the barrel.

Zoomed in shot of the fire. It was hard to photograph fire because it jumped all over the place. It refused to stay still!

But I enjoy a challenge, and after about 100 photos, these were probably the best shots. I like the way the fire looks behind that stick. Whimsical and wispy.

Is it just me, or can you almost make out an angel in there?

And lastly, here are a few experimental shots of the fire that my camera did with the special effects. Sadly, I don’t know what the different effects are called:

Rainbow-like effects.

Reminds me of really old photos. I especially like how this one turned out for some reason.

Ever wondered what fire looks like in black and white? Well, wonder no more! 😉

I had a lot of fun playing with fire that day. Hope you enjoyed seeing the results of that. 🙂

Wonder Wednesdays – Flammable Water

Why doesn’t water burn?

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Think about it for a moment. Hydrogen is flammable. Oxygen is flammable. Water is H2O. Why when you put them together can you put out a fire with it? Shouldn’t it burn?

Answer: I must admit, I don’t understand the formula – chemistry isn’t my strong suit. If you want to read the formula, then you can find that here, which is where I found the answer to my question. If you’re like me and can’t quite wrap your head around the formulas, then here is the short and sweet answer: Water is the product of a chemical reaction, and thus, has lost all its react-y superpowers because it has already reacted to become what it is. Therefore, we can put out fires with a hydrogen-oxygen mix. Pretty cool, huh? 🙂

**This was posted earlier, but for some reason, it posted back in time to June 7th. I’m not sure why all my posts keep getting backdated like this, but it is starting to drive me nuts. 😆 Anyway, this is the first installment of Wonder Wednesdays, and I just added a “Wonder Wednesdays” category link in the header menu for easier navigation. 😀

Playing With Fire

Three points of fire, originally posted with Consuming Fire.

There are a lot of references to fire in the Bible. The ones that came to my mind were when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone (Genesis 19:24), Moses saw the angel of the Lord in a burning bush (Exodus 3:2), when God led Israel through the wilderness as a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21), and when the Holy Spirit came upon the people and the cloven tongue was described as of fire (Acts 2:3). But the one that I remember best is that God Himself is described as a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24 and Hebrews 12:29). I can’t look at fire the same way now. These shots are from last fall:

This one is probably my favorite fire shot from that day.

Sometimes, looking at still shots of fire is almost like looking up at the clouds. You begin to see the strangest formations in them…

This one looks like a hand reaching for something to me.


I see a face in this one – a very creepy warped face. Two eye sockets, a nose and an open screaming mouth. o_O

Consuming Fire


Three Points of Fire; reminds me of the Trinity.

His glorious nature is Divine.
Because of His pureness, I learn
How unworthy I am of His love; I cry.

He dug me out of the dirt to refine.
He is a consuming fire; I burn.
In there, my sinful dross dies.

The Son will forever and ever shine.
While on earth, I shall for Him yearn,
Until I get to see Him with my eyes.

There is free will; the choice is mine,
Will I follow the fleshy ways, or will I turn
To Jesus Who ascended into the sky?

My Lord, my Savior, I am Thine.
It is not man’s approval I should earn,
But You, my Savior, who is on High!