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I’m been on a Firefly kick the last few weeks, so it makes complete sense that when I looked at this image tonight, the name of the movie came flying at me.

For those that don’t know, Firefly is an awesome, awesome sci-fi TV show that the Fox Network brutally, and without just cause, canceled before it had a chance to really find legs. They only aired about 10 episodes and all told there were 14 made which you can see on DVD now.

It had such a big following that the ended up making a movie to essentially give the TV series a rightful ending. It was called Serenity, which is the name of the ship in the movie/series. The lead in the show was Nathan Fillion, the captain of Serenity and you may know him from the current show Castle (which I love mostly because of him). It’s hard to describe what is so appealing about the show to people. I mean, it’s basically like a sci-fi western set in space. It doesn’t sound too great.

The writing was amazing though. It was so unique and had its own style and language…it was brilliant. And the entire ensemble cast meshed so well together from day one that you instantly fell in love with them all. Fillion was excellent though…he’s one of my all-time favorite actors now.

All I can say is to go rent the DVDs and then cry when they end and you wish for more. Then watch the movie and cry again that is over. You’ll love it.

NOW, the image above. I’ve been holding onto this thing since the end of January. I have a lot of love for this photo and at times never wanted to post it. The motion in the clouds is so beautiful to me. The single yucca stem rising from the ground gives this feeling of peacefulness and solitude. More to the point of using the title from the film…it’s serene. It’s also a desert setting, which you see a lot of in the movie/series.

This was on a rainy morning of course and to me, there is nothing more relaxing than watching storms drift by and the occasional drops falling on the roof.

What’s fun about photography is the unexpected shot. I climbed this hill because I saw a ton of Ocotillo Cactus peppering the landscape behind me. After all this effort to get up there, I hated any of the compositions I came up with. Instead, I turn to leave and spot the scene above. I go for the forest and end up with the opposite. Ironic.

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/16, iso 100)

  • Heather

    I love the clouds in this one, and I LOVE that it’s black and white!

    I felt the same way about Pushing Daisies. I didn’t get a movie though 🙁

  • Heath O’Fee

    Man, probably my favourite TV series of all time. Such a shame it was cancelled. Now I may have to bust out the Firefly DVDs and watch them again…

    Oh, and the shot is absolutely stunning, too!

  • Jesse

    Really love the movement in the clouds and that lone tree reaching for the menacing sky. Great stuff Mike.

  • Brian Furbush

    Sometimes you hurt me with how good your shots are. Really love this conversion and the sense of movement you get from the clouds against the stark landscape.

  • Chris Nitz

    Dude, this is awesome. I totally see the Reaver chase scene in this image. Damn it, now I gotta watch the series again!!

  • Steve Beal

    This image is a painting. Stunning!

  • jina

    Serenity Now!!!!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Awesome shot. Love the moving clouds with the still yucca stem.

  • Scott Wood

    A great image for a great movie. Well done Mike.

  • Ryan Sexton

    Awesome shot, the silhouette of the cactus on the clouds is brilliant.

  • murphyz

    Awesome clouds Mike, also love the isolated tree reaching for the heavens.

  • Jan Winther

    Wow, nice clouds.

  • Capn Schwartz

    I’m looking…. looking…. I dont see it…. WHERES THE SHIP!?!?!

  • Sean

    Fantastic shot Mike!,..the lone tree & those clouds….fantastic!