Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fire Storm

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Forest Fire in Yellowstone - 2006
An angry sky in the late afternoon.

(Click on the Photo for the full effect)

Much of the light was obscured by smoke and clouds from a storm rolling in. We were lucky enough (depending on your point of view) to find a side road and get close enough and high enough to see the glow of the fire above the tree line.

In addition to the amazing colors, the photo is further enhanced by the stark silhouettes of the skeletons of trees from a previous fire, cutting across the sky.

The trees are a bit out of focus, but as I remember, I was trying to focus on the cloud edges.

Another Sky Watch Friday Adventure Photo.
Taken on our drive back to Texas from Alaska.
Leave a comment if you liked the photograph.

Troy and Martha

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see Tom's new SkyWatch site here.
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95 comments:

Doug Taron said...

That's a very dramatic photo. The caption says Yosemite, but the post labels say Wyoming and Yellowstone. Which is correct?

Louise said...

LOVE the photograph. The color is wonderful, but that giant black cloud give it such a mood.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Beautiful and scary at the same time. Nice :-)

kjpweb said...

Great drama sky! Wonderful colors!
Cheers, Klaus

Bradley Myers said...

What a great shot, the colors are fantastic.

Maria said...

B.B. = Beautiful Blog :D

Daryl said...

Liked it? LOVE it. You seem to have the knack for being in the right place at the right time and for having an unerring eye for 'the' shot.

:-Daryl

Brandi said...

Beautiful photo!!

willow said...

This is a stunning photo! An unearthly quality about it. Marvelous color, Troy! Or did Martha take this one? :)

Cicero Sings said...

A very dramatic picture.

Tommy V said...

another amazing sky photo

HFD60 said...

Great image. I love the color and composition...

fishing guy said...

Troy: A tragic time to shoot but the photo was before a time of renewal. You made a great capture.

Pretty Life Online said...

Love it! stunning catch for Skywatch! Mine's up too hope youcan drop by... asking for your vote too... thanks a lot! Happy weekend!

Jules said...

Wow! Lovely SW picture. Beautiful and spooky all at once.

Brian Bastinelli said...

I really like this image. Forest fires create such dramatic skys and sunsets.

Great capture.

Petunia said...

Amazing and dramatic shot. Love it! The colours is so nice!
Well done.
Petunia

Rose said...

I recommend enlarging this...it is great before but it is absolutely awesome when opened!

Kelly said...

This is the most gorgeous "angry sky" I've think I've ever seen! It is so beautiful and colorful... Just lovely!! Well done...

NovaS said...

fantanstic! you catch it perfectly well!!

Berit said...

I love this!! Beautiful!

Yen said...

I love how dramatic that looks like! I just want to go there and take pics myself!!! Lucky you! Drop by if you got a chance, HERE.

freshaircabin said...

Beautiful sky! Love it:)

Carver said...

It is amazing how something so destructive can be so beautiful.

Dewdrop said...

Liked is an understatement... LOVE THE SHOT!!! I love it! The colors... and it looks ominous, as the scene was!

Hanna is definitely one to watch, as is Gustav!

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

wow!
Troy and Martha, how are you doing this always.... I better NOT make this shor bigger oooow AU! too hot, neh I am just kidding you, very great picture and I am wishing you a good SWF:)

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JoAnn's-D-Eyes / Holland

imac said...

1st class capture

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Yep! I liked your photo --- very much! You have the gift of serendipity, indeed.

Angie said...

A great photo, just hope the forest fire ddidn't cause too much damage.I know they can be pretty devastating

Carletta said...

What a dramatic shot!
You were right to focus on the edges of he clouds - gorgeous.

Sherry said...

This photo is moody and surreal, almost scary looking. You perfectly captured the anger and drama in the sky and landscape. Awesome shot.

Arija said...

Wow, what a photo! Really worth getting, though for my money a wildfire is no joke. Once bitten, twice shy.

Sherri Kaye said...

Very beautiful. I enjoyed your site.

Reader Wil said...

Wow!! Stunning photo, almost like in a fairy tale where the evil witches prepare their deeds of destruction. There is a threat in the air created by the dead trees and the burning sky.

Old Wom Tigley said...

This will certinly be a picture that will stay in my mind this week... great Sky Watch

Photo Cache said...

Amazing shot. Beautiful does not cover it.

Leora said...

Great composition; the lights, the olives and yellows, the trees angling against the sky.

Maria said...

Quite a black cloud! Brrr! Looks great!
Happy SWF!

Tere {Blessings in Life} said...

Such a dramatic photo of the sky! It's wonderful.

me ann my camera said...

This is a fantastic photo!!! Fortunately you were able to get such a good shot of it, but also fortunately that this opportunity doesn't happen that often as forest fires are so devestating.

Tere's World said...

It is such a good shot for SW!

John said...

What a great shot and lovely colors.

Wren said...

Angry is an excellent description of the fire-maddened sky. Very striking photo.

Cátia said...

wonderful colors!beautiful picture

Your EG Tour Guide said...

A beautiful sky. It's too bad it was partly created by fire, but that IS nature's way of renewing a forest.

Merisi said...

I can feel the heat! ;-)
How close were you actually?

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Very nice indeed... the colors are spectacular. Good photography.

CrazyCath said...

Stunning colours. Great contrasts between the colours and the stark nakedness of the trees.

Shimmy Mom said...

Fires are so scary and I wouldn't wish them on anyone, but they sure do make for beautiful photos. Good catch.
*hugs*

Abraham Lincoln said...

Wow -- that sky is really about as nice as it gets.

My SkyWatch post today > Canon Pixels

Dulce said...

Fantastic sky!!!!!!

Jeanne said...

What amazing colors. Strange is life that such destruction can also bring such beauty.

Rambling Woods said...

Fire anywhere is very scary. I'm glad you found a safe place to take the photo. Weren't there fires this year that also threatened Yellowstone.

Kathiesbirds said...

Troy, so dramatic and erie. Yes, I liked the photo!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

This is spectacular picture.

Louis la Vache said...

It may be an angry sky, but it is also a beautiful sky!

Mary said...

Oh my, it almost looks otherworldly! Beautiful!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

absolutely breathtaking!

Denise said...

Outstanding photo.

Shellmo said...

So sad there was the fire - but what a shot!

Bob Johnson said...

Wow, nice shot, love the colors.

Mary Hughes Studio said...

Incredible photo!! Lovely. Mary

Anonymous said...

A Wonderful picture!!!
Your brother

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

If you click on photo!!! you see a scary image!
Wonderful but as a terror night!
Great capture.

Santilli

Sioux said...

This is spectacular. Really tells the story of the fire! This is a true winning photo.

Gallicissa said...

Wow! What a great capture!
It looks like a painting.

Greyscale Territory said...

WOW! Love this! This is beauty with a kick! Great combination of golds and darkness!

RuneE said...

Fire from above and fire from below - great capture.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

very angry indeed!

Aileni said...

I don't generally say it... but WOW !

Gretchen said...

WOW!!

genny/entry here said...

oh that is a good and nice shot my dear even the sky is angry....

Rambling Round said...

Dramatic! I hate to see fire lighting up the sky like that.

Dina said...

Can't blame the sky for being angry, with all those fires under it.

Michael Palmer said...

Good morning sunshine!!

dailysnapshot said...

Yep, that's definitely an angry sky, but beautiful at the same time.

JunieRose2005 said...

WOW!!


This one is great!

I have mine up too!


Junie

eyestothesky said...

Wow what an amazing photograph!

Small City Scenes said...

Very dramatic. MB

pts said...

what a great sky!beautiful colour!

Columbo said...

Nice capture of the sun, clouds, and trees. Yellowstone was a nice place to see, and enjoy.

Robin said...

Fantastic photo! Lots of drama and color.

Sara Chapman said...

Wow, this is a truly thrilling shot. That yellow sky! Well done.

I've posted a great series of the sunrise sky that my sister took on my blog to visit if you like at http://www.artsquadgraphics.com/blog/.

Anne-Berit said...

Wow,so beautiful,but a bit scary too!

nonizamboni said...

Amazing shot--you were fortunate to see this in all its glory(?) Forest fires always seem a little apocalyptic to me.
Happy weekend, you Two!

Mary said...

Amazing shot! Fire is so scary.

Stacey Huston said...

Beautiful. we are having more fires in and around Yellowstone this year too.. Thanks for sharing

storyteller said...

What a dramatic photograph! Frightening … yet beautiful in its own way.
Hugs and blessings,

Mo said...

Wow this is an amazing photo

AphotoAday said...

Wow -- that photo is still full of fire...
Very nice...

The Texican said...

Very nice. I love the colors. Pappy

chanpheng said...

Very dramatic photo - great lighting and composition.

Anna said...

Wow excellent composition. Anna :)

becky voyles said...

This is just breathtakingly beautiful. Yesterday I was lucky enough to get some golden hued ones like your's.

becky voyles said...

This is just breathtakingly beautiful. Yesterday I was lucky enough to get some golden hued ones like your's.