"Smokey Yosemite Valley (1&2)" 2017 - With all the recent and current wildfires burning across the state, I started reminiscing about my trips into the Sierra last fall. On one of those trips several fires were burning in Yosemite National Park. Photographing the flames in the forest in the middle of the night was one of the most unique experiences I've had behind the camera. Seeing the smoke fill up the Valley when daylight broke was also an incredible sight. There is, of course, a huge difference in the fires of Yosemite then, and the fires now. What's happening now is absolutely devastating. I can only imagine how terrifying it is to be in such an extreme environment. The ones I photographed were natural (and some prescribed). They were part of the natural evolution of the forest. No homes were lost, no lives threatened. Forest life continues on and will thrive. Seeds that were once dormant, waiting for the intense heat to bring them to life will now sprout. Cleared floors and a new source of nutrients left behind by the blaze will allow these plants to grow and eventually replace the old growth. In these photographs, you can see smoke in the valley from the surrounding fires just after sunrise, looking from Glacier Point.
San Diego Harbor, California:
San Diego Bay is a natural harbor and deepwater port located in San Diego County, California near the U.S. Mexico border. The bay, which is 12 miles long and 1 to 3 miles wide, is the third largest of the three large, protected natural bays on California's entire 840 miles long coastline after San Francisco Bay and Humboldt Bay.
Considered to be one of the best natural harbors on the west coast of North America, it was colonized by Spain beginning in 1769. Later it served as base headquarters of major ships of the US Navy in the Pacific.
After base closures in the 1980s, facilities in San Diego Bay are the only remaining major naval base facilities still in operation in the entire State of California.
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