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A Wonderful Short Film About The Decreasing Number Of America's Mountaintop Fire Lookouts -- VIDEO

"Ode to Desolation shares the story of Jim Henterly, a naturalist, illustrator, and fire lookout as he contemplates the dwindling days of Fire Lookouts in North America."

For many of us that have had adventures, both in the winter and the summer, in and around mountain towns, the fire tower is a familiar sight. However, as technology continues to push forward these fire lookout stations are starting to become a thing of the past, part of history.

In this film by Lindsey Hagen, we get to experience a visit to Desolation Peak in Washington state, which is the location of one of the remaining, staffed mountaintop fire lookouts. While there, the film explores the story of Jim Henterly, a man that not only looks out for fires at the lookout but is now an acting historian for those who make their way to Desolation Peak.


Ode to Desolation by Lindsey Hagen from Chris Naum on Vimeo.

The film has a very interesting story that is told through some wonderful direction and amazing mountainous landscape visuals. Also, listening and watching Jim Henterly talk about his experiences and share his artwork makes for a very wonderful experience that after watching the film makes one want to hike up and see the Desolation Lookout in person.

Thumbnail Credit: Ode to Desolation/Vimeo

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