Modoc Inferno

Modoc Inferno

The morning of July 30, 2017 the Fire Management team has reported that the fires of the Modoc July Complex have grown to 39,623 acres with 40% containment. I can attest that this is one intense fire, as last night [July 29, 2017], a group of adventuring photographers and filmmakers: Joe Spendolini, Jason McMurry, Ryan Niemi, and myself Brian Gailey, found our way to the front lines of the Steele Fire of the Modoc July Complex and ended up right in the heart of the blaze.

We began our adventure from Klamath Falls. OR before sunset.  With the hope shooting from an abandoned AT&T Long Distance tower on Brady Butte in southeastern Klamath County, located on the Oregon-California state line. Upon our arrival, we found that the tower and the butte had good views of the billowing smoke but was not a good vantage point for the fire.  We pressed on.

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Path of the Cross

Path of the Cross

On a cool summer night my son and I traveled to the Lava Beds National Monument. We set up our gear to photograph the Milky Way as it passed behind Canby's Cross. 

The night went well until about 3am when a pack of coyotes decided to let us know they were there.  Due to the darkness, we could not see them. However, we counted their voices and tallied approx 15 different animals, surrounding us on all sides.  

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