I like the Impressionist painters, though I am a little sick of how overexposed they are.  Renoir? Monet? Seen them, like them, but I don’t need to stand in a long line to see them again.

But they were sort of on to something timeless – the notion that you don’t have to be literal to capture the essence of your subject or scene. Every now and then you get a chance to do that with a camera.

Here is a controlled prairie fire at Clymer Meadow, with the “impressionism” coming entirely from the intense heat of the fire. No funny business in Photoshop. The lone figure is one if the firemen or firewomen.

Prairie Fire and Sunflowers

Smoke and fire of prescribed burn with maximilian sunflowers  on the Blackland Prairie at Clymer Meadow Preserve, Texas Nature Conservancy, Greenville, Texas, USA. Canon 1DX. 140mm. ISO 200. 1/125 sec. at f/5.6.