No relation to the smoke monster of Lost. This one was creating using burning incense, a black cloth background and an off-camera flash with a snoot.
I took about 50 shots before deciding I had something worth posting. In fact, I had quite a few interesting ones, but this stood out by far. The complexity of the tumultuous center, offset by gentle waves coming off of both sides just looks really cool to me. I really love smoke as a subject, and can't believe I've only done one other daily photo with it, and that was quite a while ago.
I love looking through the photos and seeing all sorts of things - faces, birds, angels, snakes, and perfect spirals. To name a few...
I also published a blog post with photos about Empire Ranch in Southern Arizona.