Sun of a Hundred (Forest) Fires

For the past week, sunsets in much of the Rockies along the U.S. / Canada border have been spectacular, but not for a good reason. Particles from several dozen forest fires in this region have colorized the sky into unnaturally beautiful shades and made the air quality rather unhealthy. 

And yet, I kept missing my opportunities to capture and document the otherwordly Sun setting behind the smoke-filled horizon, meager selfies notwithstanding.

Until now.

This photograph will go nicely with similarly composed moonrise images I shot last year.

Above the Clouds

As a music fanatic who regularly spent all the money on discs, primarily metal, in those forlorn days of my youth, the last few months have been rather odd. I've misplaced my portable music player when relocating. And then—well, major life changes—little time for hiking, and even that—without music.

Having gotten used to this seemingly minor correction, I didn't realize how much I was missing until I headed out on a brief nature walk, armed with my camera and a new music player once again. The latter added a whole other dimension to being in the great wintry north. 

Silence and solitude are desirable only when they are desirable. As contrived as it sounds, the soundtrack to my life is back!