Photo of the Day (11-18-07)

As a bona fide tree-hugger, I love the way the center tree seems to radiate with its own inner light. Misha Logvinov captured this photo in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, and titled it “‘Controlled’ Burn in Big Basin State Park.” Indeed the bright leaves at the top left of the middle tree seem as if they are ablaze.

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California fires close parks and other attractions

If you’ve got a trip planned to Southern California this weekend, it might be a good idea to reschedule. Besides the current poor air quality and the fact that you might need to outrun a wildfire, many attractions and amusement parks have shut down until the smoke clears.

SeaWorld, Legoland, and the San Diego Wild Animal Park are all closed (although the San Diego Zoo remains open). Broadway San Diego and the Old Globe Theatre have both canceled shows. Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, which is closed on weekdays anyway this time of year, is “monitoring the situation” and as of now plans to open its gates on Friday.

The list of state parks that are closed is too long to repeat here: check the California State Parks website or read the L.A. Times article.

US Air is also waiving some fees for anyone traveling to or from SoCal who will have to change their flights due to the fires.