It feels pretentious and corny for me of all people to talk about hope but I came across this scene at the base of the redwoods at my place. We lost a barn, a small building and a lot trash left by the previous owner. The blackened bark goes up about 15 feet from the fire. The trees looked like goners but they're happily send out these little green clumps of hope. We seem to be dealing with a scorched earth kind of politics these days. This photo gives me hope.