I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to all of those impacted by the wild fires up and down the west coast. I think of those who have lost their homes and/or evacuated from approaching flames to the fire fighters who have bravely been battling these fires.
My wife and I left Los Angeles August 31st for two weeks in Seattle (two of our daughters and their husbands live up there). At that point in time Northern California was battling significant wild fires and the smoke from those fires had migrated to Southern California. As we took off and started the flight north, there was a layer of brown smoke all of the way up the coast to Oregon. From Oregon on up to Seattle, the skies were clear and we were thankful to get out of the smoke.
Starting with our second week in Seattle, Oregon was now battling a number of fires and so was eastern Washington. Mid-week, the winds changed and the huge plume of smoke that had been blown out to sea from California and Oregon came inland and created the pictures I have attached. I took these with my cell phone by one of our daughters house because I was blown away with how weird the sun looked. It actually got worse as the week went on with no sun getting through.
We returned to Los Angeles Sunday September 13th. On that day going to the airport in Seattle, the smoke was so thick you couldn’t even see the downtown high-rises as we drove right by them on Interstate 5 (the freeway literally butts up to downtown). Taking off from the airport was like rising through a thick layer of clouds that had a brown tinge to them. On the 2.5 hour flight coming south over Washington, Oregon and Northern California, looking out the window at 35 thousand feet, there was nothing to see but the brown cloud below us. It boggles my mind that there would be a smoke plume of that size. Think about any flight you have had of that duration and think about if there was nothing but smoke below you for the entire flight.
The air was so brown, these shots almost look like sepia photography.
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This simple message has been true throughout human history. It seems so relevant today with all of the negativity and anger we are exposed to daily, but the reality is….that environment has been with mankind always. None of us are perfect and we all have our agendas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a step back and hear a message we were given long ago.
Love is very powerful, even amongst the chaos of negativity. I chose these two pictures to use with an overlay of this message as a perfect fit. I took both shots as summer afternoon monsoon thunderstorms were dying down here in the Arizona desert and the sun was setting. Both shots depict a small clearing in the sky with brilliant color reflecting off of the powerful and chaotic thunderstorms. Simple, yet powerful message amidst the chaos…..
During the summer months in this part of the planet, we get what is called monsoon thunderstorms. Tropical moisture from the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean is pulled up into the desert southwest here in the United States. With the heat and higher humidity, thunderstorms build during the day, sometimes very quickly and then the downpours begin. They can exhaust themselves almost as quickly as they form. All of that is to say, we get some pretty spectacular looking clouds during this process. I have attached two particular shots as an example. These shots were taken on different days, but in the same area of the sky from our house. In both cases the sun was setting and enhanced the look of the pictures with brilliant color.
I am getting ready to create two new prints for my Inspiration Gallery and had this overwhelming urge to locate two photographs such as these. This is a case where the picture is speaking to me before a bible verse or prayer. Sometimes it works that way, but usually I come across a verse or prayer first and then determine what art print or photograph to put it on.
The Setting Sun On The Developing Thunderheads
And The Clouds Parted As The Sun Set
I’ll share the finished prints when I have completed them, but wanted to share these two shots. Thoughts?
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