Friday, August 13, 2010

A Controlled Burn

The burn lasted three days longer than they planned and they burned just a "few" more acres than expected but after breaking out the heavy equipment and cutting twenty miles of fire-break the smoke has subsided.

Kind of looks like a volcano doesn't it?

 During the biggest part of the fire they had part of the refuge closed off because the smoke and fire was so heavy they didn't want people driving into it. Well, you know me; look, it's a tornado, grab the camera! so off I went into the fire.

It's amazing the places you can go and the things you can do with the right decal on your car! :~)

As a side note this photo was taken on the fly and a little experimental, I had the Tamron 18-250 mounted on the camera with a CP filter and when I came upon the smoke cloud I just stopped the car and jumped out real quick. I had fire in front of me and behind me so there wasn't a lot of time to compose the shot. The experimental part was a second filter. I knew the sky was too bright but I didn't have time to change filters so I grabbed a ND 2 filter for my wide angle and just held it over the front of the lens with one hand and shot the photo with my other hand. It's not exactly the tripod Quyhn Le was talking about but it was a "shot of opportunity". LOL

It didn't take long for the fire to burn it's way across the mountain range and the contrast between the blue sky and the burnt ground and smoke caught my eye.

Had you actually been able to drive into the refuge from the west side as the fire was burning this would have been the scenic view that greeted you.


  1. Sounds like this burn was controlled by Mother Nature!
    Great set of photos and excellent commentary to go with! Of all these pictures I think that your picture on the fly came out the best! Funny how that sometimes happens that way...

  2. Very good notes go with the photos. I like the sencond photo the most. The road lead my eyes to the smokes in the background. I wish you had your wide angle lens with you, and it would be a great shoot on the portrait to narrow down just for the road only. Very nice!

  3. On The Fly Reporting by Photo-Journalist Ron of the Mountain Gazette!

    Ron this is a great action packed post with some intense photos to illustrate the points! Wish I had been along for the ride!

    I've always wanted to park at that west gate and explore that country to the south. With the brush and undergrowth thinned this fall might be the time!

    How do I get a decal?LOL

  4. Parker, LOL, you can ride along with me anytime, you just may not like where we go!!

    I was thinking the same thing about that area as I watched it burn. It might be an interesting place to take a hike. We'll have to check that out this winter.

    Quyhn Le, I had my wide angle with me, I had everything with me! I just didn't have time to change the lens and compose a shot. I got luck that there weren't any fire vehicles flying over the hill.

    I think you're right though. It probably would have made a pretty good shot. I'm sure this won't be my last chance at getting some fire photos so I will keep that in mind for next time.


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