This image was taken on Labor Day 2015 solely because I decided not to engage in the holiday traffic that occupied US395 and wanted to camp for the night to drive home the next day. As I was coming out of the northern section of Death Valley I could see smoke coming from a fire in Sierra National Forest. As I set up my camp site I started scouting locations to shoot the Milky Way that night. As the sun started to set I turned my attention to the smoke billowing over the Eastern Sierras. The desert bush was still in full bloom with colors of green and yellow... and created a great contrast to the brown rocky mountains. As I watched the light slowly dim, the sun’s rays started streaking out through the turquoise-orange smoke creating these heavenly beams of light shooting skyward from behind the mountains. It was such a beautiful sight from such a tragic situation. Another beautiful image from being in the right place / right time.




Sizes - 10x30, 14x38, 20x60, 26x80



Not to exceed 99 total prints

Thirty (30) Artist’s Proofs numbered “x of 30”

Sixty-nine (69) Limited Editions numbered “x of 69”


The Fine Art Landscape Photography of Jaysun McMillin