Monday, August 15, 2005
A continuation of the theme of the previous image - the Florida fire in the Santa Ritas continued to burn and I got this image on the night of July 16th during a lightning storm. This time exposure caught a pair of bolts hitting in the mountains, one lights up the smoke in Madera Canyon and both light up the clouds above. The fire also appears as orange hot spots on the western flank of the Santa Ritas. Mount Wrightson is the tallest peak near center, just left of the leftmost bolt while Mount Hopkins is just left of the rightmost bolt. You can just barely see the MMT telescope sitting at the summit of Mt. Hopkins. This is a 30 second exposure using my 24mm lens at f/4, ISO 400.