''Fanning the Flames." This image was created at night using a long lens (420mm) and a long exposure (1sec.) to capture a palmetto being consumed by flames. Fire is an essential ecological process in most pine woods, and especially here in Florida. I wanted to get an intimate macro style shot of a little explored, but fundamentally essential environmental driver at work as it "grazed" through the flat woods--returning the plant material back into its fundamental elements so they can renew and fertilize the new growth to come.