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Lion Courting Lioness
Rush Hour.
Beautyberry shrub in the sky
The Milky Way from the southern most point in the United States.
Gilbert, a Tanzanian boy who finally received a school sponsorship
Halema'uma'u Crater at the Kilauea volcano in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii.
Climbing Sleeping Bear Dune at 45 degree angle
Black Bear feasting on tasty green leaves of Spring
Tanzanian student on her way home from school
Great Blue
Beauty Beyond Disaster
John Hart Reservoir Penstocks
Yosemite National Park in December
Flying on top with old glory
A View of the Getty Villa
Journey: Train Tales
Hidden Beauty
Up and Up We Go
A Butterfly Visiting a Patch of Sunflowers
Butterflies are always welcomed in my garden.
Peter Pan (?)
Through Nature
14th Annual Photo Contest
Beauty Beyond Disaster

The Soberanes Fire, located south of Carmel and Point Lobos, started Friday morning 07/22/2016. Driving down California Highway 1 heading south Friday night, I could see wildfire burning in Garrapata State park. I immediately pulled over and hiked up the hill west of the highway. When I looked up toward the southern sky, the Milky Way was looking back at me. It was completely unexpected with the lights from the fire and car lights on the highway. I took a few pictures and shared with my friends on social media. The responses were quite exciting. By Saturday night, the fire was completely out of control and had burned over 6500 acres. I was telling myself that, with some luck, I might see the Milky Way again. The scenery was completely different. The fire covered the entire mountain. The sky was illuminated by the golden glow of the forest fire. I hiked down towards the beach and spotted a small platform on the cliff, where I set up the camera. Two hours later, miracle happened again. Because the wind was blowing south and slightly east, the sky to the south west was clear. I witnessed the most spectacular sight I have ever seen, the Milky Way glowed above the raging wildfire. The twin peaks, the ocean, the rocks in the water, the fire, the reflection of the fire, and, of course, the Milky Way were in perfect balance. Beauty rose beyond disaster.

TAGS: California, Carmel, Koala, Milky Way, United States

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Clovis, California, United States of America
Member since 2016
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© Li Liu.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 07.2016
Total Views: 219
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: July 25, 2016, 6:14 p.m.
Camera Model: NIKON D750
Focal Length: 14mm
Shutter Speed: 1/0
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: ISO3200
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PHOTO LOCATION Carmel by the sea, California, United States of America