Big fire south of Big Sur, California

We flew over the this incredible sight on our way home from the West Coast on June 24, 2008. This fire closed the coast roads and delayed air trafiic around the country. Seeing it, one can understand why.


  • ken PRO 7y

    awful beauty
  • c k 7y definitely got a good shot of it
  • Damian Gadal PRO 7y

  • dailydrip1 7y

    Wow... that's an amazing shot.
  • Hannah Skoonberg 7y

    I feel like this is my favorite of your landscapes. I love how it feels like it's an underwater sea floor. Beautiful
  • Suxy 6y

  • Ewan Cheung 6y

    pray coming an heary rain
  • Paula Opazo-Schofield 5y

    despite the catastrophe this photo follows, it's a breathtaking view.
  • abigail, 5y

    this is so terribly beautiful.
  • Claire Massey 4y

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  • emdot PRO 2y

    This photo breaks my heart. I've been going to Big Sur once a month since March of this year (and have always gone a couple times a year before this.). A couple of weeks ago my bf and I hiked the Tanbark Trail which was absolutely ravaged by this fire. Five years later -- there is a lot of new growth. Many of the redwood trees are black, but still alive. Beautiful how some areas can come back from a fire. Yet, this one burned tens of houses, was the third largest fire in CA (recorded) history, and the second most costliest fire in American history (unless the fire in Yosemite topped it this year). Heavy sigh. (And what a photo!)
  • Richard PRO 2y

    Emdot, I had no idea of what a major fire this was. I grew up in the East Bay and spent much time during my youth in the area around Big Sur. That corner of the world is my vision of the perfect place. I am so glad to get your report about its recovery. Thanks for posting a comment! it is good to see that you are still on Flickr after all these years. You are one of my first contacts. (2004?)
  • emdot PRO 2y

    Richard -- I was pretty happy to see this was your photo when I clicked on it (I was doing a search for Basin Complex Fire). I thought "Yea! Old Flickr Friends for the win." The stories around this fire are amazing, gut wrenching, life affirming, scary, beautiful. It really runs the gamut. Your photo is amazing.
  • Claudia Brockmann PRO 2y

    I saw your Earthy photo in ~*All Things Earthy*~. ...

    "~*All Things Earthy*~ "
  • Luigi Mirto/ArchiMlFotoWord - F.I.A.F/AFI PRO 2y

    Bei colori in questa ripresa, interessante immagine
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Taken on June 24, 2008
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