Smoke From A Distant Fire

Smokey Sun Rise

We’ve had Sasha for a week now, so you can see annoying kitten photos at On this date in 2011, it was super dry and wild fires were chocking us out with smoke. There’s been many changes since 2011 — the power line in the 6th photo was taken out when we upgraded our electrical service in 2012.

June 7, 2011: I was awakened by a yellow-orange glow around 6:00 am this morning, grabbed my camera, went outside and saw a yellow ball of sun creating a yellow-orange glow in the smokey sky rising in the northeast. When I got home at 5:30 pm, the air was fairly clear. I hooked up drippers, then walked the garden to see what was blooming and if any critters were hanging around the garden.

There were a few more roses blooming, but, besides America, which has been putting out wonderful blooms under the canopy, only a few were looking good, with Christopher Marlow and What A Peach putting on their best faces.

About 7:00 pm, Laurie came in and said “you have to come out and see the sun.” The sun was just a reddish/yellow ball in the sky. I photographed it with the 70 mm macro lens, which is a pretty close to a normal view, then with a 400 mm telephoto lens. Not long after photographing the sun, the smoke and ash descended on us. After sunset, there was a strange yellow/orange glow that became more yellow just before it got dark. The color was difficult to capture, but I came close on “Smoked Dusk.”

I went out at 9:30 to check the name tags on Christopher Marlow and What a Peach and discovered the bloom on What a Peach I had photographed three and a half hours earlier had been transformed into a crumpled-up wreck by the smoke and ash. The ash looked like snow falling through the beam of my flashlight, and the air was thick with the smell of smoke.

Christopher Marlow
What a Peach at 6:00 pm before the smoke got bad
Smoked sun at 7:00 pm with 70 mm lens
Smoked sun at 7:00 pm with 400 mm lens
Dirty yellow sky at 8:15 pm
What a Peach at 9:30 pm after being in the smoke for several hours

17 thoughts on “Smoke From A Distant Fire

  1. I had forgotten that day – that ran into several days! Here’s hoping we don’t have another summer like that one!
    I think the only rose bloom I photographed that day was Mermaid, and it was such a crumpled mess as well.
    Looking forward to later on…

  2. Our sun looks that way in August when there is field burning and massive amounts of acreage being plowed and pulverized around the valley. Almost like being on an alien world. Great photos!

  3. Pretty captures but the smoke and ash caused some problems on the last capture. Glad that was a while ago and everyone and the garden are safe!

    • Thanks, Sharon. All’s clear. We haven’t had any major fires for two or three years now. We had a lot of snow in the mountains and rain in NM this year, so I don’t expect we’ll see any major forest fires this year either.

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