Monday, February 28, 2011

Flame Sunflower

Flame Sunflower by Nancy Medina


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Flame is the newest small sunflower blooming in Flower Mound Studio today, another in the series of red sunflowers. As long as these petals stay perky, the celebration continues!

When I got home from work today, I saw flames shooting up from the ground on the other side of the neighbor's fence behind us. I ran out immediately to see if there was an uncontrolled fire, since we live in the city limits. Texas is under fire warnings right now, and I was afraid of what could happen if a small fire got out of control. I saw the neighbor through the fence wearing a red jacket and standing near the fire and I yelled, "hello!" He ignored me. I yelled "hello!!! are you there?" again. He was standing less than five feet from me. This time he said "yes," rather gruffly. I said, "I saw a fire so I wanted to just check and see, are you burning something?" I could see he was burning a pile of leaves on the ground a few inches from our back fence. We've never formally met the neighbors who live behind us, they stay to themselves. Our neighborhood is pretty friendly, so they are a bit unusual for our area. When he seemed to have nothing else to say to me, I went back in the house.

A minute later, my phone started ringing, a friend who lives next door called, concerned about the smoke. A few minutes later, the firetrucks and police showed up, and they helped him put out the fire. I sure hope he doesn't think I called the police on him. Mostly I hope he doesn't take it out on my puggies, who have the run of the yard through their doggy door when we're home. This all seems like how one of those awful movie scenes get started where neighbors start shooting at one another. Holy cow!


Linda Popple said...

i love this composition! Beautifully painted!

I would have called the fire dept. about the fire. My gosh, that could have so easily gotten out of hand. I would think it is illegal to burn like that. I hope no one in your neighborhood gets any repercussions from this.

Kathy Cousart said...

This is not only a wonderful painting- just love the colors but a fabulous short story to go along with it!
He better not take it out on the dogs- you know what they say about karma?:)

Kim VanDerHoek said...

How odd that your neighbor was so abrasive about the whole thing. Perfect painting to go along with your story.

Nancy Medina said...

Linda you are right, it is illegal! I'm sure he got a citation when the firetrucks and police showed up.

Thank you Kathy, you are so right. I think I will go over there tonight, though, and tell him I was not the one who called the police. I don't want him to take it out on my babies, and spend the next 10 years worried about that.

Thanks Kim!

Joan said...

Oh, Nancy...boy oh you ever remind me of ME. Yes, indeed, go over there and let him know you were not the one who called. Whew! You certainly don't need to worry about your puggies.

Your Red Sunflower is very stunning. I love it.
Happy Painting to you.

AutumnLeaves said...

Yikes, Nancy! What an unfriendly sort that chap is! I hope he leaves my Puglet babies alone! Now I shall fret and worry. And by the way, the flaming sunflower is a beauty!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Nancy
We have never seen a flame sunflower before. It is just amazingly beautiful.

I hope it all turned out okay after you went over and told the neighbor it was not you!