Friday, July 04, 2008

Where There's Smoke...


Smoke from hundreds of lightening-caused California fires swooped north smothering our western Oregon skies and turning our mellow yellow sun into a blazing orange orb hanging in a sepia sky.

After a few days of cough-cough, sniffle-sniffle hazy conditions our skies were cleansed at last around sunset yesterday when fresh marine winds blew the the smoke away.

Breathing free this Fourth of July!

Happy Independence Day to my fellow patriotic Americans!

30 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

I'm glad the air has cleared! Happy Fourth. Thanks for this nice photo, Cherie.

Andrea said...

Beautiful orange tint. Perfect sunset capture.

Happy Independence Day

Stine ☆ said...

Great picture of a beautiful sunset!
Have a nice weekend!

bobbie said...

Beautiful sky. So sad about the fires. My daughter is surrounded by them down in Monterey.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I like the sunset about to go over the hills.

I think this is the best Sky Watch Friday yet. The things I have seen are very encouraging and the photography is spot on.

I really admire your photography skills and your critical eye for composition, lighting and texture.

Abraham Lincoln
—Brookville Daily Photo

Suzanne said...

Truly a beautiful photo. Nice to see photos of your mum on the post below and that she is getting about. Have a good weekend.

Babs (Beetle) said...

Lovely orange sky The sun looks like a large, lit bulb ;O)

Luiz Ramos said...

Congratulations for 4th July.
I´m happy because smoke go away.

napaboaniya said...

Hope the air is clearing up over there.
Happy 4th of July!! :)

Stacey Huston said...

Happy Independence day to you also. glad to hear your smoke is clearing,, I think the smoke is now in Wyoming (wink)

sandy's notes said...

Amazing how something so damaging can turn into something so beautiful. Nice catch my friend! Happy 4th to you also.

April said...

Wonderful eerie picture! So sad about all those fires!! Have a good weekend. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

tshsmom said...

The past 3 summers we had severe drought conditions, and numerous wildfires in the region. I can empathize with your smoky-chokey conditions. :(

On the bright side, a smoky skyline makes for great photo opportunities!

quinttarantino said...

It is well known that we Portuguese once sailed the seven seas searching for new lands, wealth and adventures.
We were brave in those days and gave the world new worlds!

Luckily I don’t have to sail the big oceans on a small ship to sea the wonders of our world …
No Sir, I just need to check with Mr. Tom, the finest host there is, for a trip around the world with SKY WATCH TOURS and with a click here, a click there I am quickly in the USA, England, Brazil, Italy, China, Australia, Finland … well, everywhere.

And on each stop I come to see a little marvel of our world under a great sky!
Hope you can come and see my piece of the sky at lenses & visions

I don´t think mine will be a match to yours but even so ...

AphotoAday said...

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and last Monday we finally got a relief from all that smoke in the air... They're having a heck of a time with the fires down in Big Sur -- a real tragedy for that area...

Snap Catch said...

Great catch for SWF! This reminds me the quote... "God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement".... Happy weekend! Mine's up too hope you can drop by..

Petunia said...

Very nice shot:)

Katney said...

We drove into the Central Valley of California early last week to similar smoke. Having been busy packing up our son's family for the move and other hectic activities as well, we were taken totally by surprise and I had to log on to some news to know we had clear passage on our particular route. Well, "clear" is relative.

Dulce said...

Great sunset!!

Old Wom Tigley said...

I hope the fires cause no harm... but it dose make for a great view... thank you so much for joining in again this week.. I'm a bit late visiting but still wanted you to know your post was very much Appreciated..

Tom

Rose said...

That sure is beautiful.

Naturegirl said...

So good to hear that your sky cleared up so you can enjoy the weekend outside! Happy 4th!

Mike S said...

Very nice. Nature ALWAYS gives us a gift of beauty to offset the bad a bit. Even in the worst disasters, there will be something remarkably beautiful left, even if only a rainbow. We need but look with all our senses open:)

Gary said...

Thanks for the visit.

Great silhouette shot.

Gary
Bodge's Bulletin

Cherie said...

Thanks, everyone, for the kind remarks and bits of insight and wisdom that came along with them. I've enjoyed reading each and every one.

Gardenia said...

Was that why the moon was orange down here in Florida? Big smoke up from California! We had fires here once too close to the house - its roof on the respiratory system. Happy belated 4th to you too

tony said...

Hi Cherie
I hope the week was good & the skies cleared
Regards
tony

AnneKa said...

Great sky watch post, still trying to see all the sky watch photos on Tom's blog.

Cherie said...

I have no clue why the moon was big and orange in Florida, Gardenia - :) Hope all is well at the respiratory system!

Tony, the week has been good and the skies cleared. Thanks!

Annaka - all of the Skywatch posts - wow, you are very determined. The reward is in all the great things you discover there. Good for you!

Dewdrop said...

I love the way the sun is twinkling. Awesome shot!