The sunset from two nights ago, Friday July 31/2009 the sun had a very eerie bright red color to it.
The Terrace Mountains fire to the north and west of Kelowna above Fintry Estates really took off again today as the winds picked up. Everyone has been evacuated from that area and I fear much of the Mountainside has been burned out.
I woke up Saturday and again this morning with my car covered in ash and soot. To give you some idea I must live at least 40 Km away from the fire and on the opposite side of the lake, so this is a long distance for the ash and soot to be carried.
Bear Creek Park is closed as are all the other public areas on the west side of the lake. If you have looked through my portfolio and seen the photographs I have taken from this area you know how beautiful this area was and now I’m afraid much of it has been destroyed.
No word yet as to the cause of this fire, but many people are again holding their breath, as the winds are expected to pick up once again today. Many homes may end up destroyed if the fire burns down any closer to the Fintry Delta and many of the historical buildings on Fintry Estates may be lost forever.
All we can do is watch and wait while the fire fighters do all they can to beat back the flames and save what they can.
Photo unedited for color or lightness with just a touch of adjustment in Unsharp Mask with PS. The color was so amazing it didn’t need any adjustments and I wanted you all to see it as close the what it really looked like that evening. Best viewed larger.


mountain, lake, fire, canada, terrace, gregory, fintry, estates, okanagan, ewanowich, british columbia, bear creek


  • Tara  Turner
    Tara Turneralmost 5 years ago


  • It really was quite a sight but scary and eerie feeling at the same time as I knew the fire on Terrace mountain had to be a very bad one.

    – Gregory Ewanowich

  • GittiArt
    GittiArtalmost 5 years ago

    Wow …just breathtaking …bravo Gregory !!!!

  • Thank you so much. It’s just a shame it had to be a result of the fire burning out of control that brought this beautiful sunset to us.

    – Gregory Ewanowich

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaalmost 5 years ago

    It is amazing how the smoke in your area can cause such lovely sunsets. The smoke is even getting noticeable on this side of the mountains.

  • I imagine you will be seeing a lot of this smoke drifting over your way in the next few days as the wind is supposed to be blowing west to east again this afternoon. Thanks for stopping by to comment Al.

    – Gregory Ewanowich

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyealmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful and amazing capture. Love the color.

  • It really was quite an amazing sunset. Thanks Kathy.

    – Gregory Ewanowich

  • nikspix
    nikspixalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks Nikki!

    – Gregory Ewanowich

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 5 years ago

    Oh Gregory you can just feel the heat and the burning in this one. Stunning capture of the sky filled with fire.

  • The smoke has an amazing effect on the colors of the sunsets and sunrises! Thanks Anthea.

    – Gregory Ewanowich

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonalmost 5 years ago

    So scary Gregory! but what a sunset! take care, Linda

  • Gregory Ewanowich
    Gregory Ewanowichalmost 5 years ago

    It’s much cooler this morning which should help. There are a number of critical fire threats now, all over the province, with many homes and buildings being threatened. The next couple of days will tell. Still praying for rain. Thanks for stopping by Linda.

  • Joan Smart
    Joan Smartalmost 5 years ago

    wow !! beautiful and scary at the same time..

  • Gregory Ewanowich
    Gregory Ewanowichalmost 5 years ago

    So true! Thanks Joan. They did gain a bit of ground on some of the fires over night but the situation is still dire and could go the other direction at any moment depending on what the weather does. We are still in need of a few days of rain but the forecast is for the weather to continue hot and dry although a bit cooler that it was. It’s still very smoky in the valley here.

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