Sitka is located on Baranoff Island. When the Russians owned Alaska, this was the Alaskan capital, so the Russian influence is particularly strong here.
This sunset was seen from the Sitka Sportsman's Association RV Park. The location is next to the ferry terminal, which is handy because we had an early morning ferry but it's the only Park I've ever stayed in that included a shooting range.
The nearby island was the site of practical joke in 1974 when a local resident flew hundreds of old tires into Mount Edgecumbe,s volcanic crater and then lit them on fire, all in a (successful) attempt to fool the city dwellers into believing that the volcano was stirring to life.
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ahmetgedikli (25605) 2006-04-30 3:08
Wonderful composition. Fantastic colours, beautiful sharpness and light. Well done!
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-04-30 3:12
Incredibble sky !
There is not a lot of pictures from this place.
Interesting and beautifull.
lestans (17168) 2006-04-30 3:17
Ciao Ptricia!! Sometimes it is luck to get awake early!! What a great view you captured!! Sky and clouds are the protagonists of this gorgeous scene. Thank you for share!
nwoehnl (122) 2006-04-30 3:17
A beautiful mood with the violet tonality on this one, Pat. Good choice with the low-placed horizon giving more impact to the sky, and the landscape silhouettes at the bottom fading towards the back convey a "painterly" impression for the overall total. Nice.
shal (944) 2006-04-30 3:21
beautiful compo. looks like a wallpaper :)
Good POV and framing,
the image looks slightly OOF donno why :(
You should have prob. used a smaller aperture as the clouds seem to make the image look OOF.
nels (2623) 2006-04-30 3:29
hi patricia wonderful sky!!an d reflections the mountain looks as if it is on fire
Gerrit (51935) 2006-04-30 6:04
wonderful colors around this fantastic situated island
Thanks and regards, Gerrit
feather (51130) 2006-04-30 6:12
The colours of the sky and the reflections are very striking; it must have been a sight to behold! The low horizon was definitely the right choice. I agree with Vishal that the focus on the island is a bit soft, but nevertheless a beautiful image.
josepmarin (58357) 2006-04-30 7:02
What more amazing and pretty colors in this pink tone. It really seems that the sky and its beautiful reflections in the sea are burning.
Very a well done composition, with good frame, good exposure and good lighting.
pastadog (13111) 2006-04-30 11:44
Unusual purple and fuchsia colors in this beautiful shot, Patricia. Thanks for capturing and sharing! Regards, Daniel
singuanti (15250) 2006-04-30 23:22
Hi Patricia. Wow I love the purple Barney inspired sky! Going with a low horizon was absolutely the right way about going about this one with that incredible sky. I wonder if they would pull the same joke today with the way we try protect the environment more so than in the past. Beautiful shot Patricia!
pablominto (53746) 2006-04-30 23:57
Beautiful patterns created by the veil of clouds..!
I guess the pink tone is quite unusual even for Alaska...
Well composed, where you rightfully give emphasis to the sky!
weswang (18223) 2006-05-01 0:38
Hi Pat, A beautiful shot of the impressive color and dramatic view of the cloud. The reflection on the lake is beautiful. A nice capture of the colors, the light, and the layer of mountains. Well done.
sgregg (287) 2006-05-01 2:22
Alaska is on my agenda and this photo really makes me want to go this summer. Thanks for the inspiration.
TeresaT (10806) 2006-05-01 10:17
Very well captured this beautiful sky.
I love the pink tones.
It's a different kind of sunset but a very good one.
Angshu (56758) 2006-05-02 3:47
What colours Pat!..they are too surreal. The compo is great keeping lots of sky & clouds. Fantastic
gebala (0) 2006-05-21 4:39
hello, my brother took the same photo:) sky had the same colours, I didnt believie that it can be true, now I have the same photo with such beauty sky, Pat. Exellent is this burning sky, great point of view :) I love it
xuaxo (6846) 2007-04-06 8:02
If this is the real colors, that's amazing.
About the joke, somebody did exactly the same in Calhau, Cape Verde :-)
Benedict (7076) 2007-04-12 12:49
wonderful composition with dazzling sky show of colors. i like the POV and the details.
ps- i have some sitka shots as well. that place is awesome!
gunbud (34066) 2007-04-20 1:20
Wonderful dramatic sunset coloring the sky with pink and purple. Only in such an uncluttered place would such a prank go without notice which must of been a great hoot in the local bars for years to come.