Monday, September 04, 2006

Smoky Sunset

We have several forest fires going on in our state including one over on the Olympic Peninsula. Last winter was one of the wettest on record with 30 days of non-stop rain interrupted by a day or two of mere cloudiness only for the rain to begin again. But interestingly, this summer has been the driest since records have been kept.

We have only had about one day of sprinkles since last May. We deserve it after last winter and it has been enjoyable. The downside is that the brush and trees in the hills and mountains are crunchy dry. Fires are easily started by a cigarette flying out a car window (since cars no longer have ash trays) or even an over hot exhaust pipe.

A little smoke does make for a fascinating sunset. The following was the sunset viewed from our back deck last night. To the naked eye, the sun ball was brilliant red but the color did not come through in the digital photos. I do not get why.

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Sunset over Whidbey Island