Burning With Control
You can tell it’s Spring is coming around my part of Upper Freehold/Western Monmouth County – or Horse Country as I like to tell people.
- The buds on the trees are starting to open
- The lake in the wood about a half mile from me isn’t frozen as I can hear the bullfrogs singing at night sometimes now.
- Controlled burns are taking place in some areas around me.
The other afternoon, I had to run out to the store. When I pulled out of my drive way, I could see black smoke in the sky. I knew there had to be a controlled burn going on but I wasn’t sure where.
My FujiX100T was on the seat beside me.
As it turned out, I had to go past the burn area. It’s a local wildlife area not to far away from me.
The local fire department was on site, as was the N.J. Forest Fire Service. As I said, it was mid-afternoon and luckily there wasn’t much traffic. I was able to shoot from my driver’s side window.
I could still feel the heat coming off the burning ground, and ashes (non-burning) were whirling around my dashboard.
The Forest Fire Service, while keeping watch on things, were shooting video on their iPhones. I didn’t shoot any video, though.
I kinda wish I would have gotten out of my truck and seeing what else I could have gotten. Maybe some portraits or something like that. Next time, maybe.
Again, I was happy I had my camera with me. Would have kicked myself if I would have missed this opportunity.
Bears Repeating: Always carry a camera with you.
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