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25 May 2010 @ 02:17 pm
Black and Whites in Life 21  

 Black and Whites in Life
Week 21 – Controlled Burn Of A Hay Field


I tried for a month to get a picture of a controlled burn and had finally given up on the idea as the main start of irrigation season arrived about 10 days ago when the majority of the ditches started getting turned on all over the valley; flooding the fields. Then I got lucky last Wednesday morning and caught this burn on my way from the ranch into town for a meeting. So with no time to play with the shot and only the quick point and shoot along anyway, I pulled the car over, grabbed the guys and the camera and quickly took the picture. This picture is both frustrating and pleasing. Frustrating because the idea had potential for a neat shot and this was a good burn; there was actually quite a bit of visible flame in the field, but all you can make out really is the blackened field and smoke. Pleasing because, well I needed a shot for the week and here it is. Also I did want a picture of a controlled burn and I managed to get it. Yes they really are this smoky. When you’re the one working the burn, you get done and you stink of smoke and are pretty filthy in general.

Last Week:   Bandimere Speedway 

Next Week:  Hay Field Under Irrigation (or another scenic view of The Gunnison Country)


mmouse: Columbinemmouse15 on May 26th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
We used to do controlled burns all the time when I was growing up - it was the main way to control the weeds. I seemed to get tapped for driving the tractor that pulled the propane tank, and I can testify that you stink of smoke, there's ash in your hair, you're covered in ash and sweat and dirt, and it's an awe-inspiring sight.

I'm glad the guys got to see it!
cmdrtekkcmdrtekk on May 26th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
I was thrilled (obviously) and my 9 yr old son was disappointed (ya know young boys and fire) not to have to work a burn this year as we chose not to burn our pasture, and those we would have helped didn't burn either. Then I realized getting one on "film" had become that much tougher because I was gonna have to rely on luck and timing. Then again, if I was working one I would not have had time to mess with the camera anyway.
mmouse: G1 Jazzmmouse15 on May 26th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
I do know boys and fire...I can understand his disappointment!

Yeah, if you're working the burn, you don't see much except smoke. This is better for photo documentation purposes.
renegadewriterrenegadewriter8 on May 27th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
Nice. I've seen controlled fires before (though they kinda lacked the 'controlled' part XD).
cmdrtekkcmdrtekk on June 2nd, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
Oh we get several "out of control controlled burns" a season. But by and by most go without problems.

Thanks for looking.