Fire on the mountain: A New Year’s tradition

January 5, 2014 

Each New Year’s Day, neighbors on Blackwood Mountain in Orange County gather after sundown and write any emotions they want to release, along with invocations for the new year, on scraps of paper. They place the papers in the branches of Christmas trees and set the trees ablaze, letting the flames carry their thoughts into the dark, night sky. Here, the slow shutter speed captures a ghost-like Chuck Mosher silhouetted against the fire.

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