In an effort to prevent the Soberanes Fire from rushing in on the Big Sur community South of the Big Sur River, a burn-off was carried out From the Kucher Trail South, through Terrace Creek, to the back side of Castro Canyon. Today the burn-off continues South from where they left off Thursday.
Fire crews begin burn-off East side of the North Coast Ridge Road. Top of Stone Ridge.
Sequence shot of a Sky Crane dropping fire retardant to tie off South end of burn-off operation on North Coast Ridge Road. Timber Top can be seen in background. This is just over the ridge from the top of Castro Canyon.
Smoke from the burn-off blocking the view of Mt. Manuel and Post Summit. Island Mtn. can be seen at center surrounded by smoke with the peaks of the Ventana range protruding above. Taken from Coast Ridge Road between Deangulo Trail and the Boronda Trail.
Sky Crane dropping fire retardant.
Island Mountain, in the heart of the Big Sur River watershed, surrounded by smoke.
Sky crane heading out to refill after dropping fire retardant.
Looking NorthWest from Timber Top/Boronda Trail and the North Coast Ridge Road.
Looking NorthWest from the top of the Deangulo Trail 2E07/Pardington Ridge. Notice the large fire break at left keeping the West side safe from the incoming Soberanes Fire.
The wind was blowing hard when I took this series of images this. 82F at 9pm with strong shifting winds. 6,500 acres burned and 5% containment last report. Palo Calorado and the Carmel Highlands have been evacuated.
Recently, I had an old friend, whom I studied with at the
Brooks Institute, come and stay with us in Big Sur. Arnaldo and I became
inspired to revert back to our days of late night photo shoots and set out to
photograph the night sky.
For those of you who have yet to try this, shooting with a
high ISO of 1600, slow shutter speed like 30 sec. and the fastest aperture your
glass can deliver. With a little post processing, the results are stunning.
For these two images, we used a
flashlight to illuminate the apple tree from 90º camera left. This added an
interesting twist to the foreground elements.