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Michael Gates
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Executive Lookout ........... "It's the Light, stupid!"
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Due to my slow limited bandwidth this summer, I've been totally inactive on G+, but thought I'd throw one in today taken a few evenings ago when this fire was just getting started.  The 16 Complex Fire is now over 12,000 acres with only 20% containment.  An exaggerated shot due to the long 10 minute exposure and the fire is 90 miles to my WSW across the Central Valley.
Sutter Buttes in the valley has a couple of radio towers on it at it highest point.  #firefriday, #longexposurethursday
Hmmm....this may not even work but I'll give it a go.
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Sometime ago, I posted a closer telephoto shot taken around the same time of a mixture of pyrocumulus and nimbocumulus clouds.  This is also the Moonlight Fire but with some foreground and late light hitting Mt. Filmore on the Plumas NF.  
Don't know when I'll get a chance to respond if there are any comments, as it's time to hit the road for another fire season.  Looks like it might be an interesting one!
Apologies in advance.
For #firefriday  curated by +Grayson Hartman & for #stormyfriday  by +Reinhard Latzke. 
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I recall some great shots from +Tuan Le rom this area, so some former sand turned to sandstone, and someday back to sand....
for #desertsandday from Joshua Tree NP, the ever so photographed Jumbo Rocks in the campground. The white spot is where the ravens like to perch. ;)
#amazinglandscapes by +Rolf Hicker
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Well, I couldn't decide whether to call this Overseer or _OverLord, both seem apropos. From Joshua Tree National Park, one of our antelope squirrel camp buddies.
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For #squirrelsaturday curated by +SE Blackwell & +Skippy Sheeskin
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It's getting to be that time of the year in the West. This from the Howland Fire on the Plumas NF that grew to around 100 acres, if I recall correctly. Here's a lead plane showing the tanker pilot the path through the smoke. ~ 6 miles away.
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For #firefriday curated by +Grayson Hartman and for aerial #firefighterfriday by +Sean Stevens , maybe a stretch for #fromtheairfriday +Andrew Vaughan Smith as the shot was taken from my aerie.
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A geologic abstract and tenacious bush from the South Coyote Buttes.
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For #monochromemonday curated by +Charles Lupica , +Hans Berendsen , +Jerry Johnson , +Manuel Votta & +Steve Barge , for #naturemonday by +Rolf Hicker & +Kate Church , for #ministractmonday by +Tom McLaughlan , for #fineartlandscapes #fineartle by +Joel Tjintjelaar . Whoops almost forgot #leadinglinesmonday by +Pam Chalkley , +Jakob Nilsson , & +CJ Sros .
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Gimmie five.....errrrr......four. Whotf needs an opposable thumb?
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For #squirrelsaturday curated by +SE Blackwell & +Skippy Sheeskin
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Here's another shot of that rainbow that popped through the stormy clouds. This one zoomed in at 95mm. I submitted the wide-angle shot for +Reinhard Latzke 's #stormyfriday last week. You can find that shot here: http://tw.gs/Uyu5a . The rainbow is ~15 miles from my location.
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Also for #colorsonfriday by +E.E. Giorgi , +Erin Henderson , +Christina Lihani , & +Gilmar Smith , and for #colorsplash by +Scott Roth, lastly for #forestfriday by +Rudolf Vlček . #rainbow #rainbowthursday
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Last November, while wondering around the Alabama Hills, I came across this duck-like arch not too far off of the 'Movie Road'. I don't know if it has an official name, but it certainly should be something aviary! That same day, the road was closed, and there were humvees and other military vehicles running up and down the road, and some guy in Captain America suit! ;)
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For #bwlandscapewednesday curated by +Francesco Gallarotti , and for #wideanglewednesday by +Asif Patel . #bwphotography
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