December 28, 2013

Burnt Trees, Yellowstone

Photograph by Chaoying Zhao

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

At sunset, peaceful burnt woods just surround you quietly. Together with your heart beating, you can feel the smooth breeze and hear the sounds of emerging exuberance underneath. The perfect ending is in the endless. The picture was taken in Yellowstone National Park.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest.)


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24 comments
Deise Marins
Deise Marins

Magnificent contrast of colours. It is a warm picture. I wish I could be with you sharing this view. Cool, very cool!

Sher Khan
Sher Khan

O my goodness! Why I was not there to capture this sight

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

The added touch of the moon is what makes this a stunning scene to photograph.

Shannon T
Shannon T

This makes me think of how the future is described in the Dean Koontz book "Seize the Night".

Katherine Parent
Katherine Parent

I love the red and how you managed to get the color just right. The moon in the background is a nice touch :) Great job.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Beautiful and sad all at the same time.       Lovely light and color enhances the setting and raises it to a different level of awareness.       Such an inspiring and poignant photograph!

Hajnal Kanaan Gal
Hajnal Kanaan Gal

The most beautiful moment caught the photographer
in this extinct (dead) woods
............

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

The detail is more than amazing, some of it against the blue sky, with a lovely moon way up there. The foreground tho' a darkish golden\ brown gives one the same detail, that is so great to look at. Indeed a great picture, well worth commenting on.  j.e.s. 

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

The nearly full moon shines down on all locations on planet earth, and its pale beauty enhances the photos of many beautiful landscapes.  The charred, spike-like trees of this burnt-out forest are not a beautiful landscape.  The density of the trees in the background seem like a fortified palisade, and the trees in the foreground seem like the lances of invaders.  Perhaps it's the red light of the sunset that imparts such a warlike ambiance to this bleak, desolate, dead forest.    


It's not a pretty landscape, but it is a powerful image.

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