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Madison Snaps: August 1, 2008
Wild Sunset Over Pier
Wild Sunset Over Pier
Credit:Nataraj Hauser

Today's image is titled Wild Sunset Over Pier and was photographed by Nataraj Hauser.

Cinematic sunsets of impossibly brilliant and almost unnatural colors swathed the skies over Madison a week ago, as seen in this photo shot last Friday on the southern shores of Lake Mendota where the clouds and waters surrounding Picnic Point on the horizon are painted in myriad shades of orange. "While there were a handful of people who stopped what they were doing," notes Hauser in the caption, "there were hundreds of people who didn't seem to notice the sky."

This scene was brought to life thanks to a series of massive forest fires burning in far northern Canada around Great Slave Lake and Lake Athabasca, and the plume of smoke they sent drifting southeast on a beeline for Wisconsin. By Saturday, the plume was thick enough to nearly obscure the sunset, as detailed in a report from the National Weather Service.

This is the latest entry of Madison Snaps: photos of Madison-area events and locations. The Isthmus group photo pool is the primary source for Madison Snaps, which are published here with the permission of individual contributors. If you are interested in having your photo eligible for Madison Snaps, please respond to the posting on the Flickr group page, or send a message. There is no compensation for Madison Snaps photos, which are © to the respective photographers.

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