Elizabeth Key

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    The Crystal Palace has fallen

    My childhood home was built around a blue spruce in Aspen’s West End. It wasn’t a good climbing tree — its bark rough with budding pine needles, slathered in sap and opportunistic ants. Still, we struggled up the trunk, planning tree forts and pretending to be pirates peering out of… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    It’s elemental: fire, lightning, wind and water

    Fire and water are opposites, but when it comes to weather, they are interconnected. Large wildfires can generate their own weather systems. Weather travels through vertical columns in a convective process, but fire and weather are almost cyclical in nature as they create and destroy one another.read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    My personal burn scar: An appeal for volunteer firefighters

    It was July 3, 2018, when we fled our Hillcrest home and the hotshots were called in. We watched from Willits as the choreographed fire dance began; flames popped up and the chopper released rains of red retardant. The hillside was studded with brush fires crowning our home.read more →