Just Above Sunset
October 2, 2005 - Fire Sky

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Mentioned elsewhere in this issue, there were massive fires around Los Angeles over the last five days.  Around twenty-four thousand acres burned in the Topanga fire out to the west, where Los Angeles blends into Ventura County, and over a thousand acres went up in fames in the canyons north of Burbank, while out east, north of Riverside, there were fires in the mountain canyons.  Thursday afternoon, the Southern California AQMD (Air Quality Management District), warned everyone in Los Angeles to not spend too much time outside doing much of anything.  The whole city smelled like smoke.  And by Friday there was a thin layer of fine ash on everything.  But the wind shifted.  It's blowing off the Pacific now, sending the smoke out across the Mojave and off to Las Vegas and such places.


This happens now and then.  It makes for some great sunsets.  This is Sunset in Hollywood, September 30 –


North – the setting sun lights up the smoke from the Burbank fire –

Sunset in Hollywood, September 30

To the west, the onshore winds off the Pacific start to break things up –

Sunset in Hollywood, September 30

Looking up Laurel Canyon, the ocean air, left, fights the smoke from Burbank, right –

Sunset in Hollywood, September 30

Just another day in paradise -

Sunset in Hollywood, September 30

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These were shot with a Nikon D70 – lens AF-5 Nikor 18-70mm 1:35-4.5G ED or AF Nikor 70-300mm telephoto.

They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0




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