I love running into weird things while traveling, and the more surreal the better. I was driving in the Sierra Nevadas in California when I passed this old Smokey Bear sign letting me know that only I can prevent forest fires. (btw – Smokey just turned 70 and has received a makeover).
I kept driving and came across this huge smoke cloud from a brush fire. Someone apparently did not listen to Smokey and caused a forest fire.
I took some images of the clouds that were interesting, but when I found this stubby little “one way: sign to put in the foreground, it added that nice little “touch of weird” that just might keep the viewer’s interest a little bit longer. The sun was behind the smoke, and the light was a strange mix of warm yellows and cool blues.
“One way” sign and smoke from grass fire, Owens Valley, Sierra Nevada, California, USA. Canon 1Ds. Mark III. 16mm. ISO 100. f/16 @ 1/15 second.