Photo of the Day 18 September 2008

Wildfire, Big Sur, California, 2000
Photograph by Frans Lanting
A wildfire encroaches on a tree in California's still wild Big Sur. Strict zoning laws and a limited water supply ensure that the area has not become overly populated, and nature, too, has done her part to keep developers away: In 1997 a fire raged in the Santa Lucia Range for three weeks. Big Sur naturalist John Smiley calls the wildfires simply "another type of weather."