Wild View Yonder

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

California Firestorm: View From Above

Southern California was burning. It is certainly the most populated area currently affected, but there are forest and brush fires all the way up through Oregon. Smoke is everywhere.

Incident information

NASA MODIS/EOS Satellite Imagery
AQUA Satellite Imagery (October 21st) [NASA]
TERRA Satellite Imagery (October 22nd) [NASA]
AQUA Satellite Imagery (October 22nd) [NASA]
TERRA Satellite Imagery (October 23rd) [NASA]
AQUA Satellite Imagery (October 23rd) [NASA]
TERRA Satellite Imagery (October 24th) [NASA]
AQUA Satellite Imagery (October 24th) [NASA]
TERRA Satellite Imagery (October 25th) [NASA]
AQUA Satellite Imagery (October 25th) [NASA]
TERRA Satellite Imagery (October 26th) [NASA]
AQUA Satellite Imagery (October 26th) [NASA]
Cloud cover on the 27th provided a less than useful satellite view.
TERRA Satellite Imagery (October 28th) [NASA]
AQUA Satellite Imagery (October 28th) [NASA]
With these images, it appears the Southern California firestorm is pretty much concluded.

A Canadair / Bombardier CL-415 SuperScooper [Wikipedia] fire fighting aircraft landing at Van Nuys Airport to refuel.

Poking above the smoke.

A clear view down to a burn area somewhere north of the San Fernando Valley and west of Interstate 5.
Click to enlarge - some flames can actually be discerned even from this altitude and at this reduced resolution.

Another burn area seen from a bit higher.

Yet more active burns.

Looking toward the coast, the smoke is very evident.

Considerably further north and still smoky.

Another fire up near Fresno.

Plume from a fire near Mt. Shasta.

Klamath Lake with Mt. Loughlin looming in the background. Smoke from many fires visible all around.

Crater Lake. More fires visible in the foreground and the background.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Southern California Firestorm: Ground Truth

Beginning on October 21, fierce winds fanned the flames of at least 11 large fires in Southern California. After a long dry spell there was plenty of fuel for the fires to consume. As of this posting, the winds continue to blow and the flames continue to spread, threatening many residential areas. As of this writing, some homes have already been lost but many more are in danger.

Incident information

NASA MODIS/EOS Satellite Imagery

Smoke billows from the Castaic fire; the sun filters through.

A wide view over the lake.

A closer view.

Smoke starting to fill valleys and canyons in the Santa Clarita area.

Smoke from the Agua Dulce fire seen from highway 14 looking across Vasquez Rocks County Park.

The view from the slanted rocks in the previous image.

Amidst the chaos, a tranquil scene.

Down the road, flames can be seen on the hillside.

A little closer, it becomes apparent just how huge this one fire is. And how close to neighborhoods.

Helicopters of various descriptions work to protect homes and fight the fire.

A Sikorsky Sky Crane rigged with water dropping tank.

Closer up under a tank-equipped chopper.

Off to the fire they go.

The winds are blowing so strongly that it's difficult to stand; harder still to hold the camera steady. Even on a tripod or braced against a log fencepost, with image stabilization at 1600 ISO, it's hard not to get some image blur. The effect of these gusts on the fire is at once amazing and frightening.

Harvest Time

As the days grow shorter, the late harvest comes in providing, among the bounty, pumpkins. At this time, creatures set about their preparations for the coming winter, winds pick up and whistle through the trees taking with them colored leaves that settle to a crunchy carpet on the ground. Imagination runs a bit wild, hearing voices in the breeze, seeing shapes in the trees, and fearing what the blustery weather may bring.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Water Works

Friday, October 19, 2007

Look but don't touch!

Sharp needles adorn this cactus, protecting it from being eaten. The water droplets are from rain.
Click to enlarge.

A closer view. Ouch!
Click to enlarge.

Monday, October 15, 2007


Like a work of modern art, this eucalyptus tree shows its multicolored bark layers.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Seattle Sunrise - Another Travel Day

The plane taxis away from the gate. A magnificent sunrise illuminates the sky and reflects off the windows of the terminal building.

Mt. Rainier seen across the wing.

Seattle tower silhouette.

Freight aircraft.

Monday, October 08, 2007

And the Rain Gives Way to Sunshine

If only for a brief time, the rain has subsided, the clouds have moved off, and the sun shines down through a deep blue sky. Autumn has progressed to a point of deeper colors but the show is far from over. Many trees are just beginning to show signs of their color change and others have yet to start.

Sunday, October 07, 2007


Deer taking shelter from the pouring rain.

Some shelter.


A dreary old barn on a dreary day.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Textures and Colors

Deep blue sky highlights these sunlit leaves.