"It is a curious fact that all the very old Sequoias have lost their heads by lightning." 

John Muir


Summer 2013, I went out of my mind and into my heart. After three days of breathless grief, unsure whether I wanted to go on living, I decided that I wanted to create and rose writing the poem WILDFIRE, a poem about homecoming through loss or realizing agape (divine, universal love) through connection with another. I tell the story in BUSTED OPEN.

I’d had the images of me during ceremony with giant sequoia since April that year and had been uncertain as to music and message for a production. Once the poem was written, the song choice was clear. So, I then spent about a week working with Frank Fuller to produce the initial version of WILDFIRE: A LOVE STORY.

Photos in WILDFIRE: A LOVE STORY are of me and a giant sequoia cut for show during the California gold rush. I’d become fixed on this sequoia’s story and the grove’s history after reading an account in Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken, initially visiting the grove by foot for healing ceremony with three friends in February 2013. When the photos in WILDFIRE: A LOVE STORY were captured April 1, 2013, I was in wedding ceremony, rapture for part and oblivious to photographer Jack Gescheidt’s presence until the end of the photo session, unstaged but for having him on hand with the camera.

Lightning-caused wildfires are fundamentally generative for fire-evolved forest. Structures are best protected through precautionary treatments within 100 feet (the first 30 feet from the structure being most important) . Please read the science at John Muir Project.

Directed and edited by Megan Hollingsworth and Frank A. Fuller Jr. Calaveras Big Trees Images © 2013 Jack Gescheidt at WILDFIRE poem written by Megan Hollingsworth. 'Without You', Written by Eddie Vedder, published by eV songs unlimited (ASCAP) and used by permission. All rights reserved.