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Lightning Strike

Lightning Strike
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-08
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-04 8:25
Viewed: 2750
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I heard the lightning strike after dark the night before. Due to the remoteness of these strikes, we depend much on satellites to tell us where lightning strikes at night. As in this case it was recorded that many strikes hit the area that night and the US forest Service along with Department of Natural Resources came just after sunrise with what are called spotter plane. These planes look for any fire activity which might have happened during the night storm. In this case I was coming down the mountain and saw the smoke about the same time as the spotter plane. It was good fortune that the crews from various wilderness fire agencies came quickly. Two smoke jumpers went out of a small plane to assess and co-ordinate and in another 30 minutes a number of well prepared forest firefighters were on the scene. All of this quick action contained this blaze to about 50 acres. Had anyone lost a few precious minutes, it could have been much worse. Just 8 miles to the East of this location a lightning fire strike took out 48 thousand acres and three homesteads.

Winter snow pack has much to do with the fire seasons. The deeper and higher the snow packs are, the slower the runoff. This will last though mid summer and then the high fire danger seasons begin. Fire also does what nature intended. It allows for explosion of pine cones which then spread seeds and in a lifetime and a half, the forest will be regenerated. Long ongoing controversy surrounds fire suppression in the forests. My own personal view is/was, as long as I and my family were safe, then this was the most important mitigating factor. We always had certain boxes packed and were ready to clear out at a moments notice. that did happen in 1988, but we were spared by smoke jumpers who actually landed on our acreage. And so it goes in the wilderness....

Fujifilm S1 Pro
Early AM washed out sky:-)
Nikkor 85mm 1.8
Hand held from a distance of 1 mile

PaulH, haraprasan, dkaved, jaycee, Luis52, Silvio2006, nglen, CeltickRanger, warnzy, Adanac, uleko, Argus, jusninasirun has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-04 8:35]

Interesting documentation Bob, i hope you don't get any more fires over there like you did last year. Good POV and nicely composed with the tree on the left in the FG...still waiting to see your home made filters ;o)
Cheers and have a good weekend,

Lightning is a forest firefighter's greatest fear realized. And that fear has grown because of the persistent drought in the western USA.

Glad they were on top of the situation. Those situations can get out of control quickly.

Hello Bob
The power of nature you have displayed so well here with mans response to it being exemplary...I always wonder though about the pillocks with barbies that do so much more fire damage than mother nature herself.
A superb Post

Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of this jungle scene. Yes the lighting strike destroys jungles very quickly. A very good story behind the picture. Excellent composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hi Bob,
An interesting note and something I have had first hand experience with though in different circumstances. During the heat waves of spring (Chamsin) and hot summer months, brush or forest fires are quite common around where I live and sadly a portion of the woods at the back of my house was burnt last year.TFS and have a good weekend.
Regards, David

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-04 9:47]

Hi Bob,

This is something I am familiar with. We face the Catalina mountains and one summer, not too long ago, we watched the fires burning and saw the small planes trying to put them out. A scary situation - no one was harmed but a large area was destroyed. This is an excellent shot and a wonderfully composed picture.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-04 9:57]

Hi Bob,very interesting pic and perfect choice of POV and the light to show perfectly that,thanks for the notee,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-04 10:15]

Hi Bob.
We also have fires up in the mountains during this dry season, where the pine trees are. The state govemment has 2 helicopters to fight fire and some times a lot of people help to prevent it.
Nice image Bob. Your note interesting too.
Saludos My friend.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-04 13:17]

Hi Bob. Fire can be a very frightning thing but nature needs it in the wild some times as you explained about the fir cones . You took this from a safe distance but it travels faster than man. an interesting landscape picture . well done TFs.

hello Bob

in the North part of Québec each summer there is fires,
you did a great nature shot here, i will mention again
the fine POV that you choose for your shots,
i love that foreground tree that is doing like a frame
and giving another effect to the image, TFS


Hi Bob,

It's difficult for us in the UK to contemplate these kinds of distances where never more than a few miles between the most distance of neighbours. Pleased to see the authorities were so quick off the mark and efficient, but I guess fires are part and parcel of the natural cycle in such places. Great shot with the sun shining through the smoke.

Have a great weekend,


Hello Bob,
WOW! great shot, nice composition and point of view, excellent note, good sahrpness and colors.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-04 19:50]

Hello Bob,
I have witnessed a few forest fires in my travels the last was the Lynx Creek Fire near the Crowsnest Pass. The fury and speed they posess are scary, but from death, life springs forth. Thanks for this reminder, excellent work Bob.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-04 23:21]

Hello Bob,
I've great respect for thunder and lightning after having experienced some terrible storms as a child in the forested highlands of Sweden.
This is a very fine composition and a good record of the event. At times like this it must be very scary to live far out in the wilderness!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Bob, great composition with superb light on a splendid forest, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Very interesting capture!
Different but you're know for being different - it's part of your charm! :)
Great shot, Bob!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-05 8:07]

Excellent composition in this capture of the outbreak of a forest fire and a great note on its consequences, benefits and dangers.
You have an amazing archive of images from your part of the world, many of which are interesting documentation, like this one.
When I think about it, visual documentation was your profession, which makes you a valuable member of TN.
I raise my glass to that!
Cheers Bob!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-05 22:49]

Hello Bob

A striking capture !
A very well timed image to be able to capture the aftermath of a lightning strike.
Very good POV and DOF.
The details are well seen.
Wonderful scenery,the Washington wilderness is beautiful.


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