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Smoke Trails

A friend and I arrived at Mt. Shuksan in October of 2020 midafternoon with a plan to explore a bit, and then move on to other areas and return for sunset. The clouds and light were so good, we never left. We spent the afternoon playing with compositions and taking pictures, and by the time we were ready to move on the evening show had started. This was my first visit to Mt. Shuksan, and I was fortunate that the light cooperated.

Every once in a while I see a sunset with amazing color in the east, and this was one of those evenings. The west never lit up, but thankfully for us (since Mount Shuksan is to the east of this spot) this was one of those “eastern sunsets.”

This particular afternoon we were bedeviled by ducks destroying the reflection. One immature Pied-billed Grebe in particular was devastatingly effective. I was really tempted to find some rocks to throw to drive it away, but resisted and had to be satisfied with name calling and viscous scowls. Magically though, there were brief moments the bird was quiet or far enough away that we were able to capture the key light; I had to take all my horrible invectives back and apologize as we packed up in the dark to head back to camp.
FUJIFILM X-T30, f/4 @ 19.1 mm, 1/125, ISO 800, No Flash

Smoke Trails