In San Francisco's East Bay, Mount Diablo rises above the landscape. In the extreme drought conditions of September 2013, a wildfire raced to the summit producing a volcano-like firestorm. I took this photo from my neighbor's deck overlooking the lights of Orinda. The extreme multi-year drought in California has been the enabler of hundreds of devastating wildfires. This image was featured on the cover of "Diablo" magazine which serves the East Bay.
Can a photo of a wildfire be called beautiful? Should it be? This is an amazing shot that shows not only how close these fires are to the town, but how powerful and terrifying it must have been to witness this sight. It’s as if Mount Diablo has just erupted—spewing forth ash and lava.
Monica C. Corcoran
Former Director, Your Shot