Break the Chain The Burning Question: Is it Real?

Created 10/10/2003 (10/10/2003) Passing along 'Amazing' photographs of natural disasters has become a favorite Internet pastime. Many of us have been 'burnt' lately by doctored images or real photos misrepresented to be something they're not, that we're skeptical of any image and story that graces our inbox. And, rightfully so.

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This is beautiful!

This awesome picture was taken in the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana on August 6, 2000 by a fire behavior analyst from Fairbanks, Alaska by the name of John McColgan with a Digital camera. Since he was working while he took the picture, he cannot sell or profit from it, so he should at least be recognized as the photographer of this once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Please forward this on to your email contacts.

Maybe someday it will get back to him and we can show him that he has indeed been recognized for his efforts!

 Amazing, and real!

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The image above is absolutely amazing and is exactly what the e-mail describes it to be. John McColgan is a fire behavior analyst for the national Forest Service and captured this serendipitous image with a digital camera he had in his pocket on August 6, 2000, in Montana's Bitterroot National Forest.

McColgan downloaded the photo to his computer, but a friend started it on its Internet journey. Unfortunately, some versions lacked attribution and the image's relatively low resolution has many wondering unnecessarily about its authenticity.

What Do You Think?

Category: Picture Imperfect
References: Snopes.com

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