liberating the sun

July 6, 2010 · 1 comment

in Trees, Woods and Forests

Flames - Fire   |   Mesmerising Moments

There’s a tipi in the fire pit made up of layers. First matchstick, then pencil, then finger width twigs.

Gently filling the gap at the base of the tipi with whispery silver birch bark shavings, I give thanks to the trees that were sacrificed to keep me warm.

A slowly curled spark leaps from the steel into the shavings. It catches first time. I nourish the tiny ember with my breathe, steadily inspiring a small flame.

Licking up the inside of the tipi, the flame grows quickly; first matchsticks, then pencil, then finger width twigs. One log goes on, then two and three.

After being held deep within the trees, fuelling their growth through decades of life, the sun’s heat and light are joyfully liberated once more with a roar.


Collecting material, building and lighting a fire holds a primeval fascination for almost every human being. Fire is fundamental to survival.

You can learn how to safely build, maintain and clear away a fire at bushcraft, survival and forest schools around the world.


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hen July 6, 2010 at 21:25

This is just stunning. Perfectly captures Fire.

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