This is the third image from my Rim Fire series, showcasing the wide ranging effects of one of California's largest wildfires on areas far removed from its origin. Throughout the vacation I took last week to the Tahoe Sierras, I tried to shoot morning and evening during the 'golden hour' in an attempt to capture the visual impact the massive blanket of smoke from the Rim Fire was imparting on the area. On this morning, I found a sand castle on the beach and found it compelling not only for its visual interest, but also for its inherent properties of transience. Sand castles are quickly built, and even more easily destroyed. In a similar fashion, man builds houses and cities and seemingly conquers nature. However, as evidenced in the case of this most recent wildfire, humans are, in reality, powerless to stop the destructive forces of nature. It is because of this underlying comparison that I found this perspective so intriguing and worthy of thought. If you stayed with me this long, thanks for reading my essay.