Collin J Örthner – Photographer

February 24, 2014

Desert On Fire

Filed under: Canon G10, Desert, Documentary, Fire, Mountain, Nature, Travel — collin orthner @ 10:08 pm

Laura and I travelled to Phoenix last week with my parents. We took part of our last day before flying home, to travel into the desert northeast of the city. We headed into Tonto National Forest on the N. Bush Highway a few miles past Saguaro Lake, which is a body of water created by the Stewart Mountain Dam. This was actually not the road I intended on travelling and so I turned the car around and headed back. As we past the dam we noticed a lot of smoke ahead, so I pulled over to have a look. The bushes along the Salt River had caught fire somehow and were burning quite intensely. Whenever  the flames engulfed another tree or bush the flames would leap skyward sending smoke hundreds of feet high. The temperature was around 30°C and so felt rather warm for someone who had just come from a weeks worth of  at least -30°C, and it felt already like the desert was on fire, just not literally. It was a spectacular sight and I quickly made some images before the rangers started clearing out those of us watching the spectacle.

 

 

[Canon G10]

 

 

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