We've had a good summer, here in BC, as far as forest fires go. There have been over 1500 fires so far this year, but they've been mostly small. At the moment, we have 8 fires burning here on the island, and another 6 on the mainland just east of us. They're small fires but there's a brownish haze over the hills; smoke. Not a lot, but enough to make a red spot on the air quality map. Enough to bring on a stuffy headache. Enough to disappear the mountain peaks.
I drove north, looking for cleaner air. I found it, in spots.
|In the hills north of Roberts Lake, looking west. There should be mountains beyond those trees.|
|Fireweed, gone to seed. And smoky forest, invisible mountain.|
|Down on the lake itself, the view was better, though there is still a pinkish tinge in the sky.|
And there on the far right, there's something in the water.
|Looks like a seal.|
I found a fire/smoke forecast map. It shows more smoke in the next few days. But we have it mild compared to down south and in the centre of the province, where more and larger fires are burning. Rain, please, rain!
- Desde un cerro al norte del lago Roberts. Tras esos árboles debe haber montañas.
- Adelfilla, produciendo semilla. Se llama, en inglés, hierba de fuego porque crece donde hubo incendios. Y tras la planta, un bosque con humo.
- Ya abajo, al lado del lago, se ve todo mejor, aunque sigue ese tono algo rosado.
- Veo un animal en el agua. Una foca, tal vez.
- Haciendo zoom.