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    In wake of recent thunderstorms, multiple wildfires sprung up in Southern Oregon in the last week of July. Smoke from the Oregon Gulch Fire was billowing into the air, creating a rare pyrocumulonimbus cloud and rolling into the Rogue Valley, where it formed an apparent wall of rain that never seemed to reach the ground.
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 5
    Lighting 5
    Creativity 4
    Story 7

    I love the cascading curtain-like shape in the cloud, adds a sense of movement, and a bit of mystery, and the way light falls on the curtain part of the cloud adds the essential touch. Very wild.

    Dennis Dimick
    National Geographic Executive Editor, Environment
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Jul 31, 2014
    Date Uploaded: Aug 1, 2014
    Location: Ashland, Oregon, United States
    Camera: Canon EOS 6D
    Focal Length: 70 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/1250 sec
    Aperture: f/5
    ISO: 100
    Copyright: © Catie Prechtel
    Categories: Landscapes, Nature, Weather
    Assignments: Show Me Your Wilderness