Sunday, July 31, 2011
A smoke plume from a major fire rises and drifts in the southwestern sky around 12:48 AM, Saturday, July 30, 2011 as seen from Boyson Road near Timber Oak Court in Marion, Iowa. The fire was located at a mixed-housing and commercial complex under construction at 6th Street and 12th Avenue SE in downtown Cedar Rapids, about 5.3 miles away. Despite the distance, the smell of smoke was noticeable from this position. The fire reportedly started around 12:15 AM and was put under control about an hour later, but the building was a total loss. This image was captured using a 6-second exposure at f/5.3, 400 ISO and 40mm focal length.