Contrary to popular belief, I did not blow anything up in this shot. It was in fact a forest fire in Central Florida from the last few days of the year. I drove up from Miami to Sarasota and decided to take state highways instead of the interstates so as to see some more terrain instead of outlet malls and rampant development. Earlier in the day I saw numerous fires which turned out to be sugar cane fields burning down after harvest so as to replenish the soil. I assumed this plume was one of those as well but after getting closer and looking at the color of the smoke, I realized this was not a deliberate fire. Either way, makes for a striking photo.