desert hills and distant mountains….

smoke from california’s november wildfires drifted across the desert and found a temporary home in the sonoran desert north of phoenix…lake pleasant under haze…as seen from the distant end of the walkin’ jim trail

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18 responses

  1. I remember a number of years in Colorado when smoke changed the look of the place. Both from local fires and from large fires from neighboring states. It makes for an eerie light.

    December 15, 2018 at 3:16 pm

  2. Pretty scene. It would be prettier if I knew that the haze was mist instead of smoke, but pretty nonetheless.

    December 15, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    • Yes, morning mist is certainly preferable out there….thank you, Terry.

      January 9, 2019 at 7:12 am

  3. Seems the west doesn’t do the rest of the country any favors, blowing smoke and storms your way. Has me wondering which is worse… our smoke or our haboobs? Makes for a lovely image though.

    December 15, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    • I’ll take the smoke over the haboobs…and will gladly keep on receiving your winter storms when you’re done with them….

      Thank you, Gunta.

      January 9, 2019 at 7:14 am

      • The smoke wreaks havoc on my sinuses, but it also raises anxiety levels when the flames come too near… so it seems to be case of picking your poison. I do have to say that, given a choice between the two, I’d go for the smoke, too!

        January 9, 2019 at 2:54 pm

        • I can only imagine the anxiety that accompanies the presence, or the active moving of the fires when they’re approaching the area where one lives. My singular actual and lived reference is being in a hurricane as a child when I was too ignorant of things to realize the destructive power that they held and the true inability to do anything when caught in their way other than to flee….

          January 21, 2019 at 7:46 am

  4. Looks like it is foggy. Lovely shot though.

    December 16, 2018 at 12:50 am

    • Thank you, Arlene.

      January 9, 2019 at 7:14 am

  5. You know I love those receding, pale silhouettes, but it’s a two-edged sword isn’t it? Makes for great images and bad breathing. We had a bit up here at some point too, but we had much worse over the summer from different fires, again not necessarily close by. We were longing for rain or wind….
    Have a good holiday, Scott!

    December 18, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    • Yes, Lynn…it’s all about perspective and context…can’t have some good without some not-so-good…. And wind is okay to blow out some of the crud…but rain is so much better. 🙂

      Hope your holidays were good, as well…thank you.

      January 9, 2019 at 7:16 am

  6. Liana

    Thanks for a dreamy view of harsh reality…I’m not being sarcastic

    December 27, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    • You’re welcome…and thank you, Liana.

      January 9, 2019 at 7:17 am

  7. Beautiful landscape shot.

    March 19, 2019 at 6:10 am

    • Thank you, Ronald.

      March 23, 2019 at 6:45 am

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