We are lucky enough to have a helicopter pilot on our team, Brian's oldest son, Aaron. We went back out to the Whittier burn to capture some of the oak valley from the air, as there was just too much tree to capture from the ground. This shot gives a perspective of scale, the branches incinerated into piles of ash in the shape of the fallen trees. Our minds were blown with how beautiful and poignant the landscape was. We shot lots of footage with the drone and are excited to keep documenting this temporary phenomenon before the rains begin to wash the ash impressions away and into the soil.
We have been tracking the fires in California and how they relate to the drought and climate change. The Whittier fire burned in a valley with many old oak trees, leaving behind ash skeletons that reminded us of crime scenes and certainly had the quiet hush of a graveyard. This is Brian with the 4 x 5 kneeling before a magnificent oak that survived with just charred leaves on the underside of it's crown.