Roger Spohn Photography

Landscape, Nature and Architecture


Prairie Fires, Sunset
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Chase Co, Kansas
ID: R124-5

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On an afternoon during the Spring of 2006 I had received word that the conditions were right for the high possibility of some burning in the Flint hills. The decisions to burn are made on the spur of the moment, depending on the weather conditions and the wind. I piled my camera equipment into the truck and headed for the Tallgrass Prairie in Chase County to begin my search. When I arrived, I could tell by the activity that the Tallgrass Prairie itself was going to be burned that evening. The burning began about a half hour before sunset, but this exposure was made just as the sun touched the horizon. The view through the smoke and gases of the fires gave the sunset a nice salmon color.

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