|Prescribed burn in Big Basin State Park brings smoke and colorful sunsets.|
Yesterday, thick fog came rolling through the coastside passes at 5 pm and suddenly it was an early dusk. We were disappointed because we were hoping to shoot a second night of brilliant sunset colors. This week the park staff is conducting a prescribed burn in the understory of Big Basin State Park. Although the smoke temporarily degrades the crisp fall air, it provides beneficial ecological changes to the park's redwood forest and makes for fantastic sunsets. The western horizon the night before was an hour-long show of many shades of orange, pink, red and purple.
We decided to go to Alice's Restaurant for a Triumph Burger instead, and packed our cameras in the car in the off chance that the fog might clear on our way back. But the fog was stubbornly hanging in there as we passed the usually scenic westerly gap across from Anniversary Trail at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, and our cameras stayed in their cases.
|Colors getting darker as the sun sinks below the Pacific Ocean|
This morning, we were sipping coffee in the backyard and enjoying the sunrise while reviewing our safety plan. Suddenly, a stranger walked through the front yard. While the Rugged Individual detained the man, I tied up the dogs again and called the rangers on the radio. Never before have the rangers' voices on the radio sounded so sweet as when they responded, "Hang tight 9A12, we're on the way. ETA 8 minutes."
|Spent the night on the Dipper Ranch|
Once again, "open space" helped someone. However, we did chew the pilot out for not stopping to talk to the sheriff deputies when he saw their patrol cars which would have made the night worries go away much faster. The rangers drove the pilot up to his helicopter and he flew away in the clear morning air.
|Ranger escort to leave the preserve|
|Another place I like to shoot at night are the pullouts along Page Mill Road with the city lights of the Santa Clara Valley and the moon rising over the Hamilton Range.|