Colorado changed in June 2002. What is known as the Hayman Fire raged through an area to the south and west of where we live, taking more than 100 homes, and many more out-buildings, burning 138,000 acres in four counties. The person charged with starting this horrific fire has recently been released from prison, and must now return to the area to perform community service. Emotions run high. I talked with a firefighter recently, who said that parts of the burn area reached such high temperatures, that nothing will ever live there again. The earth is hardened and destroyed. The photos I have shared are from just one area of the region taken by the fire. These shots are from late in January of this year, and show the minimal amounts of vegetation that have begun to regrow.