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Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony

It’s worth it, I think, to have public parks, they make it a little easier to feel in harmony with nature. Maintaining a natural setting requires some work.  Setting fire to a prairie seems counterintuitive, but it does actually help keep the land healthy and productive.  This weekend there was a controlled burn at a nearby park, so I went to take some photos:

ISO 160 170mm f/5.6 1/640

ISO 160 170mm f/5.6 1/640

It was a sunny morning, so I was able to set my ISO low and still have a high shutter speed.  The image you see above is an HDR image.  I bracketed the photo while I was shooting so that I could create an HDR image later in Photoshop. For this shoot I was using my 70-200mm lens; it allowed me to get great shots but not get in the way.

The images in the gallery below tell more of the story of the burn.  I decided to not edit them at all, keeping them as close to what I saw for the viewer.

It was interesting to watch them work.  This particular park of the park is beautiful when it is in bloom.  The burn will help keep it that way.

Don’t you love it when interesting photography shoots just drop in your lap? Have you ever seen this type of work being done?  What do you think of the HDR version?  Feel free to leave a comment below.



37 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony

  1. Well, it didn’t exactly drop in your lap! You had to go out with camera and shoot it. The HDR is especially interesting because there is motion in the shot which typically ruins HDR but in this it worked very well. So glad our forestry service finally figured out how important the controlled burns are to the health of our forests. Well done!

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    • I find it interesting to play with images that have motion in HDR. It is very hit or miss though. In the case of this burn, it is actually some very forward thinking local folks who made this happen. I agree with you though regarding the larger areas of land that are handled this same way.


  2. Lovely photos all round. The fire certainly takes the spotlight in the first photo, and right in the centre too. Like you, I love it when an interesting scene pops up and I have my camera. However, a lot of the time, my camera isn’t on the setting that I want and sometimes if it’s a fast-moving scene, I’ll miss the shot 😀

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  3. Oh, Amy, this is where the latest camera phones come in handy. I wouldn’t mind a $ for the photo opportunities I missed when I didn’t have any camera to hand. Now, I always have at least the iPhone 😉

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  6. Amy – I never expected this topic for harmony, but it is great. I have seen this done in Florida and it feels so “wrong” – yet it is so “right” and helpful. I like the HDR version, and I also like the unedited photos for the feel of the whole experience.

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  7. Oh and I wanted to show you that our local Target is selling the coolest art – and this piece (with flowers and antlers) has an O’keeffe feel and reminded me (yet again) of one of your posts!

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  9. Thoes are some very interesting images, and i think it is pretty neat you were able to catch the beauty of a park, in its really early stages (as the control burn is in fact healthy and good for the land to keep it beautiful


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  11. I used to see this work when I lived in British Columbia, and would drive from Prince george to Vancouver. It’s very important to enriching the forest biota and preventing forest fires from reaching towns and smaller communities.

    Every summer, forest fires devastate the province.


  12. Before “civilisation” fire was a natural cycle. It clears the underbrush and stimulates fresh new growth. The superfires we get these days is a result of breaking this cycle.


    • Yes, I saw a very interesting presentation on that at Yellowstone National Park several years ago. For this burn, there was an “information officer” there to explain that concept to people who had questions about the burn.


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