Sunday, July 5, 2015

Eerie, heat, smoke, and the view from here

 Just popping in quickly to show you how eerie it's been here this morning. The wildfires burning in town (just behind our backs, on Vancouver Island, across the harbour) and a much bigger one burning across the Salish Sea, up in Sechelt -- the smoke from these has been obscuring the sun, giving the impression that we're living under a big Instagram filter. . .
 These photos -- taken with the White Balance on my camera set at "Cloudy," no filter used -- capture the odd quality of the day's light, a yellow-ish pall everywhere.
 The sun is climbing its usual route, of course, but is strangely muted -- and rather lonely-looking, solitary, at least, up there. . .


 Given the strange calm, I must say that the sailboat regatta seemed surprisingly optimistic
























but the boats enlivened the scene, although they didn't add much more colour (spinnakers would not be much use in the day's weather, I shouldn't think, 'though I know little about sailing).
























As a counter to the somewhat apocalyptic tone to this post, we had baby toes on the deck yesterday afternoon. Might not cure all of the world's ills, but baby toes make happiness and optimism seem much more possible. . . .


16 comments:

  1. Love those baby toes but worried for your air quality. Does it affect breathing?

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    1. I'm pretty sure anyone with respiratory challenges will be having trouble, and I'm definitely not going running right now! We can smell the smoke in our house (still too warm to be closing doors and windows. . .

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  2. Good question from Lucille. Your views looks quite other-worldly today.

    Baby toes - and knees and cheeks, etc. - are always a sweet sight.

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    1. It's an eerie sensation, much different than fog, which we're used to. Thank goodness for baby toes! ;-)

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  3. Wow, that's extreme. We occasionally get skies like that from bad wildfires, but fortunately the last few years they've been far enough away to not impact us much. I hope that you get some rain soon, and that they get the fires out!

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    1. We've had fires every summer in other parts of the province, but never this close and I don't think they've ever been so widespread. I've heard that many of my neighbours have "grab bags" at the ready. Not sure how evacuation would work for us, with no car on the island, the boat a kilometre away, and across the island. . . We have a couple of kayaks here, at least . . . Rain, please!

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  4. Unbelievable pictures,never have seen something alike!
    Hope everything will be ok!
    Sweet,sweet baby toes! That is something to live for!
    Take care,
    dottoressa

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    1. Aren't those baby toes a delight?
      Thanks, Dottoressa.

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  5. Amazing images. Rain is pouring down here as I write so I hope you get to share some soon.

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    1. So, so odd to do without rain for so long when it's so much a part of our normal geography. The forecast now is showing a 30% chance of some rain next Sunday but then nothing for the next day....

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  6. We flew into Victoria on Sunday evening and could smell smoke in the aircraft. Landing seemed like entering a twilight zone. The sky was eery, although better than earlier in the day, we heard. The muted sun continues here today.

    Those baby toes are darling and so kissable! Enjoy.

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  7. Amazing photos. And oh, darling baby toes!

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  8. Bit daunted by the fires. Keep safe. And what is it about baby toes? Baby toes and baby smell!

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  9. Just catching up here, and everyy post is worthy of comment, but this one ... I have only once experienced the sky that results from a fire blazing across forest and moor and it's not something I want to experience again. Incredible but also a frightening reminder of destruction.

    And baby toes, as you know for the first time ever we have grandbaby toes around here, and aren't they the most perfect things :o)

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    1. It's frightening, yes, Annie. On our island, there's only the one fire truck and an admirably well-trained and dedicated crew of volunteer firefighters. Evacuation would be a challenge, and I couldn't help thinking who could manage the kayaks and who the canoe, once our houseguests were settled in for the night (didn't mention it to them, of course).
      And yes, baby toes are a marvellous triumph of evolution, truly! ;-)

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