August 28, 2009
The top image (April 26, 2009) is of an area right beside our garden where we enjoyed sitting, watching butterflies, and watching things grow. It's shady there...we've spent many enjoyable hours in those chairs. This image is a captured frame still of a video we took two days after the FDOF bulldozed on April 24, 2009.
The bottom left and right images (August 28, 2009) are of the same area. The angle is a little different, and I apologize for the picture quality. These images were taken with a cell phone. As you can see, the area is no longer useable, much less enjoyable. The DOF fire line is mere feet beyond the edge of the little blue fence at the rear of the image. There is a ridge of debris and dirt built up from the bulldozer tracks, so this area can no longer drain to the lower elevation at the east of us as it has always done in the past. Never in 10 years has this area looked like this, so we can only attribute the ugly change to the fire line. We tried to show this to the St. Johns River Water Management District when they were here, but no one seems interested in the changes to our living space that have happened due to the fire line construction.
The muck area is getting bigger by the day.