Cotton Candy Forest Fire


I wasn’t even thinking about trying to shoot the sunset when I was driving home last week.  The sky conditions were clear and it didn’t look like much would be happening.  I concentrated all my attention on shooting the moonrise as I was deep in a canyon and it was making a spectacular appearance over the ridge above me.

When I was finished with the moon, I turned around and started walking back to the car – and then stopped dead in my tracks as I saw the most unique sunset I have ever witnessed unfolding in front of me.  After saying “Wow!” to the empty space around me, I got busy with the camera.

Small clouds were hitting the mountain in front of me and were being driven up into the sky where they would come apart in a wispy mess.  I thought it looked like a cotton candy forest fire, and the color of the clouds reminded me of a coral/pastel Polo shirt I owned in the late 80’s when Miami Vice was at the pinnacle of pop culture.

It was as if the hookah-smoking caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland was sitting behind the mountain casually blowing psychedelic patterns into the air.

That was ten minutes of totally awesome.




Posted on December 3, 2012, in photography. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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