When the Devil burns…

ELC_2972When I walked the dog in the evening and saw a strange glow in the west I knew it was bad.

I immediately headed over to the Marsh Creek Reservoir where I knew the reflection in the water would be good. I wasn’t alone as many other photographers knew it would be as well.

More on the Diablo fire here.

It reminded me of a volcano with flowing lava!


13 thoughts on “When the Devil burns…

  • September 9, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Wow! This came out great! I saw the fire as we were landing in SFO this evening and I was hoping someone would have a great shot of it! Nicely done!

  • September 9, 2013 at 4:46 am

    This is terrible! Wan’t Mt Diablo a natural area! Looks the whole mountain will burn. Do they know the cause yet? You chose a good place for the picture.

  • September 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Pretty darn scary!
    I recognize that location.
    Great capture!

  • September 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Great capture of a sad event.

  • September 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    It’s beautiful! But terrible.

  • September 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Excellent photo of the devastation.

  • September 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I really like how you overexposed the foreground to get detail in it. It was so dark!

  • September 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Actually I did the opposite. I did lighten the photo overall to bring out detail but not by much since it was a 13 second exposure it came out pretty bright anyway. This actually was about the last photo I took before I left and I knew I got a good one because the fire on the left just suddenly got bright and I was at the perfect angle to catch the reflection in the water. It really light it up after that. So I actually toned down the foreground some since it overpowered the mountain. I didn’t see any glow tonight – was all just thick smoulder – a lot of fumes but no drama.

  • September 10, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Tremendous shot but terrible, as Vern says. I hope it can be contained.

  • September 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    As my naturalist son pointed out, this is not a tragedy for the mountain. It will be fine. Watch for great wildflower blooms next spring. It appears no one lost their house, and there were no injuries, which is wonderful news.

  • September 10, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Amazing no one was hurt actually – those fire fighters are incredible. I saw a shot of them rushing up that steep mountain trying to make a fire break. I just don’t see how it’s humanly possible. Yes I hope the flowers are nice but I do feel sad when an oak dies.

  • September 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    A amazing shot, Eloine. Nature can be dazzling even in devastation.

  • September 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    The “volcano with lava” similarity is eerily appropriate.

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