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Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 3 December 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

The view from Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park looking toward the smoke from one of several fires that were burning in August.

NIKON D5000 1/400 second F/10.0 ISO 200 202 mm (35mm equiv.)

LauraS from Chico, United States

Seeing this plume of smoke in the sky is terrifying. Wildfires are the worst.

3 Dec 2011 6:20am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

And to think that some of them are started deliberately........

3 Dec 2011 7:26am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent POV
well done
It's so dangerous ! be careful :)

3 Dec 2011 9:53am

mhelene from France

Great photo and impressiv to see this fire !

3 Dec 2011 10:20am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

powerful image

3 Dec 2011 10:29am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

c'est impressionnant !! ce panache gigantesque !!

3 Dec 2011 12:18pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

That is some heavy smoke and yes, it would make me think of the endangered wildlife also.
Magnificent documentation!

3 Dec 2011 1:16pm

Twojays from Montana, United States

There is a resemblance to a great smoke creature arms extended, in that shape. A pleasing composition aside from it's reality, huh?

3 Dec 2011 3:16pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Always a bad sign when these forest fires start up! This last year we have had some terrible losses due to fire! Well seen and captured Barbara! ;-)

3 Dec 2011 3:19pm

@Eric Cousineau: As have we in Texas, although this one was in Wyoming.

franz from Baden, Austria

wow, stunning! if you had called it "volcano spewing ashes" i would have believed it ...
as great as the damage caused by these fires may be, the benefits are not to be forgotten (rejuvenation of the forest, destruction of undesired plants, fertilization of the soil, ...)

3 Dec 2011 4:35pm

@franz: I agree about the benefits to old over-grown forests. Nature's way...

omid from mashhad, Iran


3 Dec 2011 8:26pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

This looks dramatic. At that time it was certainly a result of the dryness.

3 Dec 2011 8:32pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wow! that looks like a big fire! We got stuck hiking in the Sierras once near a big fire....Really scary.

4 Dec 2011 12:29am

@Tracy: Right, it's really scary how fast one can travel over a big distance.

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Amazing capture.

4 Dec 2011 12:55am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

I did hear it was a tough year out your way.....hope its all over now...nice shot

4 Dec 2011 9:30am

@StarCosmosBleu: Although this photo was taken in Wyoming, we did have some bad fires in Texas.

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

beautiful one with a sad subject

4 Dec 2011 1:01pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A stunning shot. I love the dramatic tones. Beautifully composed. :-)

5 Dec 2011 10:59pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

So dramatic that it made me think of a volcano erupting!

7 Dec 2011 8:00am

1/400 second
ISO 200
202 mm (35mm equiv.)