Friday, November 23, 2007

Fiery Dawn

It's Looks Like A Flaming Tornado

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


I took this shot two years ago, in Muskoka, Canada. I was driving from Huntsville to Algonquin Provincial Park and left my hotel at about four o'clock in the morning because I wanted to be at Algonquin before dawn. This was just one of many amazing sights I was rewarded with that morning. It looks like flames rising over the hill, but it's just dawn colours diffused through thick cloud.

33 comments:

TheBirdman33 said...

That is one of the prettiest things I've ever seen.

Wow

Catmoves said...

Beautiful shot, David. I would have sworn that was a fire.

Dan said...

Wonderful shot David. Doesn't it feel great to be in the right place at the very right time?

Kimberly said...

My eyes hurt because they bugged out of my head so far. Ouch. What an incredible moment you captured there.

I'm getting up early tomorrow.

her indoors said...

Amazing photo well done

imac said...

gjaedjwWhat a magnifico photo David.

See a fire in the sky,
As the clouds flitter by,
As dawn begins to wake,
Get that photo for pity sake.

Oswegan said...

But how could you tell that he was flaming?

~Oswegan

Kelly Malloy said...

Amazing pic!

terri said...

That's a gorgeous shot.

Merisi said...

Amazing coincidences, the dawn and the clouds plus you, all there at just the right moment. Congratulations, early bird does indeed catch the best picture! :-)

Merisi said...

Amazing coincidences, the dawn and the clouds plus you, all there at just the right moment. Congratulations, early bird does indeed catch the best picture! :-)

Word verification:
*dratvtgq*
Oh well, that one's a no go,
here we goagain:
*gwvkbid*

dot said...

Absolutely beautiful!

sandyland said...

Wow yikes -wake up - takes ones breath away for sure

Melissa said...

Just beautiful...it reminds me of a painting. Gorgeous David!

Lee said...

Awesome colors, David! You know, I've got shirts that color but I've never seen a cobalt blue sky before. You're right about the flames. They accentuate the sky colors nicely. The other day I was lucky enough to see a sunset that had lots of that lovely purple in it, all fired through with that same orange. The whole sky looked like a puffy orange and purple quilt.

Isn't God grand when he starts painting?

Peace!

Andrée said...

that is the best time of day if you have the camera (which you obviously do). mine is too small to be effective with shots such as this. Great work!

Allan Cook said...

We get skies like that here all the time! (Yes, another hint that it's time for you to come back, David...)

Allan Cook said...

(P.S.: It's Algonquin Provincial Park, not National...)

BRUNO said...

I suppose if I could convince myself to rise that early there would be many a thing I'd discover, too!

I was born for the night-time...!

Vic Grace said...

What a beautiful shot. It almost looks like a watercolour painting to me.

David said...

Great shot! These are magnificent colours, it really pays to be up at dawn and see the sun rise. We've got a thunderstorm going here, so there's no sky to see! :)

RUTH said...

Wow...I thought is was a bush fire at first. Great shot. Have a good weekend and Happy Skywatching :o)
Rx

Ananda Niyogi said...

'Hot shot' David - it really looks like fire. But if I may say so, the cable on the left top corner looks a wee bit distracting.

mrsnesbitt said...

Wonderful shot David. I am aware of many of us looking out into the big sky...it is so encompassing, so global, so relevant. It allows us, in a few seconds to see how we are all a tiny part of the greater picture.

Yes, had my global thinking moment today! LOL!

Pijush said...

Nice shot David.. It reminded me the Greek Fire :-)

Kerri said...

Wow - beautiful skywatch photo! Love it!

Sonia said...

Wow! Amazing picture!

Andrea said...

Beautiful. It does look like fire.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hello David.. I am sorry I'm late this week.
I thought it was a fire myself at first.. such colouring.. what a great start to the day that must have been

Suzi-k said...

oooh I also thought it had a bushfire look about it... stunning.

Misty Dawn said...

Awesome as always David. It looks unreal or magical.

Sometime, when you have time, I would love to hear more about your camera (which model, why you choose that Pentax camera, etc.)

Roxy said...

Beautiful....

The sky is a magnificent pallette.

I lived in central Alberta, Canada for 13 year and had the pleasure of Northern Lights...awesome.

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Beautiful shot. I'll never forget my trip to Algonquin. It was wonderful. Saw the northern lights for the first time. Amazing.