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The Beginning of the End by Jacob-Routzahn The Beginning of the End by Jacob-Routzahn
The winds picked up and the fire built strength. Over night it fed on 20,000 acres and over a hundred homes. Days later, it still isn't satisfied and continues to engulf everything in it path.

Now up to 52,000 acres and fighting off 1,200 fire fighters, the future is undetermined. The only fact is that this is just the beginning of the end.

P.S. Those are not clouds. Everything from the haze in the foreground to the huge stacks of clouds are smoke from the fire.

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glassocean Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh WoW! That has such a high altitude feeling to it. Those translucent gold fringed clouds almost give me a feeling of vertigo.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Haha, don't be standing close to any drop off if you look at this pic! :D
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Trashins Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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luis-costa Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great capture
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks
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MurielLeeJones Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
great pic, those smoke clouds are beautiful, in a terrible sort of way.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Exact same words went through my head as well.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
It's amazing how something so destructive can look so beautiful. Wildfires are no joke, and we already had a few big ones. Hopefully though we won't get any as bad as last year. It's been WAY too dry out here. The colors you picked up in the clouds are great and the haze adds some depth.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wish I could say those were clouds. Unfortunately that is the smoke rolling off the now 52,000 acre fire :( But it is eerily beautiful and thank you for the comment. I wish I could've come on your last trip man. Your shots are turning out fantastic!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Yeah, you should have seen the sky here last year during the biggest wildfire in the states history, almost 600k acres. Thanks for the kind words. Sometime in the near future I'll try to plan something out so we can shoot together. Don't know when that will be cause I'm pretty booked on trips and time, but maybe next year I'll head out to CO for a week either in the summer or fall.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Well I'd love to meet up and shoot with ya someday. If you can fit me into your busy schedule ;) And 600K?! That is ridiculous! That's like a 1,000 square miles!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
I'll more likely be able to spend more time next year in CO. I have a pretty big trip at the end of July beginning of August that's taking up almost all of my vacation time. We shall see though. Maybe you can lead me to some nice hidden gems.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
Well of course I can. What is you do for a living?
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
I actually work for Toys R Us ironically. They are one of the few companies that give paid vacation time.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
Really?! That is awesome. Do you like it there?
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PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Jacob,
Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
And thank you for the support and such a nice comment :D
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PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I take it you live in/near Fort Colins. I do too. Have you been able to get good shots of the High Park fire? What a disaster, really.
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Just this one and a couple others. I haven't had time unfortunately due to work stuff. But hopefully this weekend! Have you?
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PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Nothing great since access is limited.

I love looking at your photos since I often recognize the location and sometimes can pinpoint the exact location (and they are beautiful too).
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Don't you just love that! I love being able to say, "Hey! I know right where that is and how to get there!"
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
You have GOT to be kidding me. It's like you painted that sky right in. Flipping amazing, Jake!
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
:blush: Thank you very much but I can't take credit for it. It's this damn fire! And I haven't even been able to shoot it as much as I'd like.
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