Smoky Golden Moonrise

My son and I returned from a weekend hiking and camping with good friends in the Monashee Provincial Park in British Columbia on Monday night.  Wildfires have been a clear and present danger across the province for the whole summer and west of Golden we drove between two separate fires that were burning on mountainsides across the valley from each other.  The thick smoke obscured the flames and blocked out much of the sun.

It was powerful to directly observe something we have followed all summer remotely.  We stopped at a pullout briefly and then continued east towards home.  The day retreated and when we were nearing Golden, the moon rose above the forest and mountain ridge lines.

The smoke in the air from the fires, and likely others that were not visible to us, turned the sky a purple colour at dusk that moved quickly into a deep blue.

The nearly full moon shone brightly and had an orange cast to it.  Beauty from these wildfires that I enjoyed but that I would trade for rain there in a heartbeat.

14 responses

  1. Kenny

    what a pretty moon

    September 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

  2. Gorgeous shots! I live in California and facing similar situation. Smoke was sometimes so bad I thought it was our fog but it has been too hot for that.

    September 11, 2017 at 1:27 am

  3. Anonymous

    Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful

    September 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm

  4. Beautiful atmospheric conditions and resulting photos. Been staying indoors but got some some exercise and exposure to the haze and now I am sick-dang!

    September 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    • It’s havoc on everyone’s respiratory systems, right? So heavy! I hope you are on the mend straightaway.

      September 7, 2017 at 8:33 pm

  5. Reblogged this on clawingmywayin.

    September 7, 2017 at 1:48 pm

  6. Incredible, incredible beauty and deeply unfortunate and devastating at the same time. Always appreciate your work!

    September 7, 2017 at 12:32 pm

  7. Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

    September 7, 2017 at 11:58 am

  8. Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

    September 7, 2017 at 9:46 am

  9. The colours are stunning but for human and nature the situation is really bad!

    September 7, 2017 at 9:17 am

    • Agreed. There is a renewal aspect that is beautiful in the cycle of life but that will be appreciated later. Right now, I totally agree with you.

      September 7, 2017 at 8:34 pm

  10. So beautiful

    September 7, 2017 at 9:12 am

  11. Magical–and so sad.

    September 7, 2017 at 8:08 am

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