The West is on fire. I knew about the California fires, but I somehow ignored the fires raging through Oregon and, to a lesser extent, Washington. On a walk the other day I left my apartment thinking it was a beautiful day, and then I saw that the Space Needle was obscured by an ugly haze.

I stupidly thought it was smoke from the California fires. I just read somewhere that Oregon estimates that 500,000 people have been forced to evacuate in the face of the fires. Incredible and heart-breaking.

Charlie Warzel is one of my favorite writers. He has a good opinion piece in the New York Times about Western fires. I cancelled my subscription there a couple of months ago (switched to the L.A. Times), so I had to open up a couple of different browsers to get a free article at the New York Times.

I walked up the hill to get some photos of the hazy Seattle skies. The photos are a little deceptive. Adjustments to the exposure triangle made for skies that were more orange than what my eyes were actually seeing. I'm not sure of the science behind that. I didn't alter any of the colors, just the exposure triangle. It felt like an x-ray, revealing a hidden illness.

Capitol Hill Seattle September 2020
Capitol Hill, Seattle, September 2020.
Capitol Hill Seattle September 2020
Capitol Hill, Seattle, September 2020.
Capitol Hill Seattle September 2020
Capitol Hill, Seattle, September 2020.
Capitol Hill Seattle September 2020
Capitol Hill, Seattle, September 2020.
Capitol Hill Seattle September 2020
Capitol Hill, Seattle, September 2020.
Capitol Hill Seattle September 2020
Capitol Hill, Seattle, September 2020.