Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fiery Mountain


Yesterday we thought we had got a volcano across the fjord,


but it was a forest and grass fire climbing up the mountain side. Very spectacular to watch of course, but not too much fun for those living closer to it. If you wonder what the horizontal lines are, I can tell you that it is the lights from a helicopter assisting in the extinguishing of the fire. The exposure time was 30 seconds.

28 comments:

Dina said...

Oh no! Has the fire been put out by now, I hope?
It does look like a volcano in the first shot. The second night shot is so unusual and spectacular. The little lighted villages in harm's way, the lights of the helicopter.

Wishing safety to all--pilots, firefighters, residents.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Cool photo, I'm sorry to hear about the fire.

Sylvia K said...

Incredible captures and it does look like a volcano at first! I do hope the fire has been put out and that the people in the villages are safe and that the losses haven't been overwhelming!! I, too, wish safety for all! Amazing shots, Rune!! Take care! Wishing safety for all!!

Jackie said...

I am sorry for those that encountered this fire.
You have captured an awesome sight..and I love the long exposure photo....

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

very dramatic - moorland fires are usually a summer time problem here. I imagine this wasn't an "accidental" fire.

Rizalenio said...

OHNO!

Seeing the wildfire photos and the people that were affected by it months ago in Australia scares me.

Very nice capture.

Birdman said...

Scary too!

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Your last shot was so dramatic. The house lights and the fire felt ominous to those living near. but on the other hand nature is most beautiful when it is dramatic. Wonderful photos! -- barbara

Malyss said...

That's the kind of thing we see very often around here , every summer. And I must admit that there's a kind of beauty in this horrible situation.
But I'm very surprised to see a fire in your country, especially at this time of the year.. I hope nobody was hurt and no house was reached by fire.

HansHB said...

Tøft bilde med action! Kjipt med slike hendelser!

Gressbrann her nå ville vært en sensasjon. 1 meter snø og -10!
God påske til deg!

Rebecca Jerdee said...

30-second exposure? Awesome effects as a result. The fires are huge, so sorry to hear of this if people are living there. Sometimes nature needs a clearing out but if people are in the way, it's hard on the human species.

Petra said...

The second photo looks enormously impressive. I can't imagine having house in the vicinity of such fire, those people must have been stressed and scared.

Barbara Martin said...

Nicely captured, but fires tend to make me nervous. Fires in natural forests are dangerous and easily spread with wind gusts. I hope this one was put out quickly.

truels said...

Nice shots - almost as dangerous as a vulcano for the people living that close.....

Banjo52 said...

The drama in that bottom shot is really something!

Sometimes I think the effects of natural disasters on humans and animals bother me more than they did when I was young. Starting over sounds really, really hard.

richies said...

I hope the fire didn't cause to much damage. I'm glad you told us what the lines were. I would have never guessed helicopter lights.
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EG CameraGirl said...

Oh dear! The fire looks horrendous!

Irene said...

Wow, litt av noen bilder! Spesielt det siste ser temmelig dramatisk ut. Er det noe jeg ikke får i løpet av vakta mi, så er det lyng eller gressbrann. For her ligger ennå snøen dyp rundt husveggene.

Ha en fin og røykfri påske!

Irene

Ken Mac said...

stunning capture

Valerie said...

I thought that first one was a volcano too! I hope no one was hurt in the fires.

imac said...

WOW hope no one got hurt and not too much damaged done
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Wenche said...

Oy, er det på Askøy. Visste ikke at det hadde vært gressbrann der. Håper det gikk bra...Godt det finnes slukningsmåter med Helikopter...Spektakulert bilde Rune :0)

Bjarte Wergedahl said...

Kjørte gjennom Lyderhornstunnelen på vei til påskeferie, og så rett opp på dette. Så jo ikke så voldsomt ut på avstand, men hvis man ser på den røde og gule linjen, altså ca helikopterstørrelse, så skjønner en jo at det hadde litt omfang, ja.
14 lyng og gressbranner i Hordaland og Sogn og Fjordane den dagen - utrolig at det gikk bra.

2totrvlviewfinder said...

I hope the fire has been extinguished ... hopefully it wasn't caused by someone's stupidity. You got some very nice photos of it.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Took a trip over to Norway from banjo's blog and discovered a forest fire??? this mountain behind a community is like where we live. Unfortunately for us, a great deal of our old pine and the majority of the range were taken out in the notorious Station Fire, I still weep at the destruction. So glad that your team was able to put this out.

Lucy Corrander : Photos said...

Horrific!

There are wild fires in the North of Scotland at present. Perplexing. Weather in Britain overall - incredibly wet summer, unusually heavy and late snow, then drought in some areas leading to fires.

Barbara said...

That looks horrendous for the people living there - great capture on your part though. Do hope there were no casualties.

lynnwiles said...

Scary, but beautiful. Hope no one was injured.