Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fire on the mountain & smoke in the valley

We have been having a long spell of dry weather  - in our area that means we have had no rain for about 4 weeks. One of the impacts of this is that there are quite a lot of bush fires occurring. Whilst they can be a bit threatening they can also make for some special sunsets.

Of course sunsets in winter mean that the cold keeps the smoke lower. In the photos below the smoke on the mountains has flattened; as has the smoke in the valley. And of course the light is fading so the scene is quite somber.

©2012 Barry Smith - Smoke on the mountains
©2012 Barry Smith - Smoke-drift in the valley
©2012 Barry Smith - Smoke enhanced dusk
I've played with a few of these smoke laden photos - some interesting outcomes.

©2012 Barry Smith - Smoke on the mountains - altered
©2012 Barry Smith - Smoke-drift in the valley - altered
©2012 Barry Smith - Smoke enhanced dusk - altered
And just because it is iPhoneography Wednesday I have added a before and after photo of a magpie launching itself from the wires; and one of Ken M's tree - it had two leafless fronds.

©2012 Barry Smith - Magpie liftoff
©2012 Barry Smith - Magpie liftoff - altered
©2012 Barry Smith - A tree?
©2012 Barry Smith - A strage alien?


  1. Some of the photos you have played with look quite spooky.

  2. Seeing the great time you're having with your iPhone makes me want one. Great shots of the smoke at sunset. Love the edited photos where trees became clouds [to me at least].

    Hope the fires stay away from your mountain! Enjoy, Jennifer

  3. Love the magpie shots! And glad you're not threatened by the wildfires, we've had horrible fires here this year in the west, whole communities destroyed.

  4. The launching bird and the leafless fronds are particularly stunning . Love the line work.
    I hope the fires abate soon and that you are well and happy.

  5. Love what you do with the phone. Don't the fires make for great sunsets.


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