Shirley Fire, 2014

Shirley Fire, 2014

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Fine art print on lustre archival paper, open edition, unsigned.

The same image that graced the pages of National Geographic magazine is now available as a special limited edition of 75 each in two sizes to celebrate my first image formally published in the magazine. It's been a life's goal of mine to be published in National Geographic. I remember my parents subscribing to the "big yellow rectangle" and taking in the articles and images from the vast expanses of planet earth. How humbled and grateful I am to be included!

The artwork shows a US Forest Service night-flying aircraft over the Shirley Fire in June 2014. The US Forest Service flies air attack and infrared sensing aircraft that can map a wildfire overnight and provide real-time data to firefighters on the ground. In the dozens of fires since, I haven't been able to replicate this image. The infrared planes fly over the fire for mere minutes, and the air attack planes are often shrouded by smoky inversion layers overnight. To have the perfect circle of the aircaft over the blaze, with the old dirt road leading your eye into the fire and aircraft, was part happy accident, part luck, and part being in the right place at the right time. I'm not sure if I'll ever make a similar piece of artwork again.



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All photographs are printed in-house or with our trusted printer and all printing is overseen by Stuart or done himself. We are fanatics for exacting image quality and guarantee you will be delighted with the artwork!

Please note that all artwork is custom made to order and takes roughly 5-7 business days to produce, and an additional 5-7 business days to ship depending on your location in the US. Total lead time is approximately 14 business days. We offer custom framing options and rush orders are possible, please contact us directly at stuart@palleycreative.com for expedited art orders. 

A portion of proceeds from print orders are donated to wildland fire related charities and foundations each year. These foundations support wildland firefighter families when there is a death or injury, and also provide support services for emotional trauma and PTSD.