The hillside near work suffered a grass fire recently, turning the golden slopes into black. From the adjacent highway, tire tracks from the fire vehicles can be seen as either straight or graceful curves of light amongst the black ash.
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I am quite fortunate to have the hills nearby. If there is the itch to do some quick photography after work, I can usually find some composition. While rolling hills are good to look at, by summer the grass is a crispy and dry golden yellow. With the lack of precipitation this past winter, the conditions have been ripe for numerous fires. With many of these hills next to highways, a cigarette butt thrown from a passing car or a faulty catalytic converter from an older car ejecting red hot metal from the exhaust pipe, alights the grass and darkens the hills.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, spot metering mode, ISO 100, 52mm, f/11, 1/15 sec
El Dorado Hills, Grass Fire, Ashes, Tire Tracks, Monochrome. El Dorado Hills, California. August 01, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.