Ash Thursday?

Looping around to the west-northwest and the Indian School trailhead.

A fine haze hovered above the Rio as I hiked around the Foothills trails yesterday.

A neighbor remarked that it looked like a “Star Wars” scene set on Tatooine.

And come evening, all that vaporized forest certainly made for a thrilling sunset.

The photo really doesn’t do it justice. The sun was as red as Sauron’s Eye, and it vanished long before the actual horizon in an impenetrable cloud of smoke. Whether it came from the Medio fire near Santa Fe or one of the many, many others scattered around the West, I have no idea.

I had been thinking about a nice long road ride this morning, but now I’m not so sure. I like my air a little less chewy.

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21 Responses to “Ash Thursday?”

  1. SAO' Says:

    We’ve had some freaky skies here. The other day there were over a dozen folks out dog walking, stroller pushing, biking and whatnot who all completely forgot what they were doing and stopped in the middle of the road, forgetting about social distancing and oncoming traffic, while they stared at the red-orange sky.

    Got a little bit of rain, thought we were getting a little bit of relief, but woke up to a vanished horizon in both directions.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, we and the neighbors all took five last night to check out that red fireball sinking slowly in the west.

      We don’t get a real good look at the sunset from here. El Rancho Pendejo sits at the bottom of a cul-de-sac and there are a couple of two-story places to the west of us. Now and then, if it looks like a real good one, I’ll mosey up the street a bit to get the full show.

  2. katholoch Says:

    Your first photo looks gloriously clear compared to what we are experiencing here in the SF Bay Area. I rode yesterday morning and felt fine–although I noted, I barely saw any other cyclists out. Today our air quality forecast is Unhealthy. So, I will stick to indoor yoga. Let’s pray the whole dang country doesn’t burn down!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Some of the photos I’ve seen from California make the place look like where you go when you die if you’ve been exceptionally bad. I have friends up and down the state, and I hope all y’all are taking real good care.

      We’re a thousand feet up from the Rio here, right at the foot of the Sandias, so the smoke has to be real serious to climb up to us. So far it’s not that bad. But I have a sensitive nose, which would astonish anyone who witnessed my misbehavior from, oh, about 1972 to around 1985.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    I was on the BMW coming home from BombTowne yesterday. The whole horizon to the North was smoke and more smoke. The Medio fire, now at about 550 acres as of yesterday, was not billowing up very much and that smoke was headed south and draping the Sangres. So at least up in my neck of the woods, it seems most of the smoke is coming from those big blazes in Colorado.

    The good news is this latest Sangre de Cristo fire is growing slowly. By two days out, the 2011 fire up in the Jemez (the Las Conchas fire) was well over 50,000 acres and we had to flee the Hill. Hopefully, we will not see a repeat performance. Apparently the Medio fire is headed for a burn scar from a previous 2011 fire.

    • SAO' Says:

      Wind doesn’t want to cooperate. Typical bluster here (NOCO) for the last two weeks (Wyoming blows and Kansas sucks) but dead calm as the fires burned. Then the wind shifted, been mostly from the East for the past few weeks, so I guess it’s going into the foothills then recirculating.

      Damn things have been zero to 5% contained for too long.

      But fuck it, there are blue and purple states, so let ‘em burn, right?

  4. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Smoke in the air here as well. Can’t smell it, but achoo! Hotter than hell again, Genevieve may give us some relief. Hope it the quickly moves on to water California. Friends in SF have been breathing smoke for awhile now.

  5. Dale Says:

    My brother-in-law near San Jose has sent photos of yellow skies for a couple of days. Now it seems that the air conditioner cannot filter the smoke, or the scent of the smoke of fires that are burning many miles away. I have some distant relatives that live in a nearer and warmer part of CA – haven’t heard from them yet.

  6. Dale Says:

    Not wanting to initiate a new topic, but Steve Bannon has been arrested for what he does best. That would be screwing with the Constitution.

  7. Hurben Says:

    Got to be honest, your orange menace is pissing me off.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/122526202/coronavirus-jacinda-arderns-response-to-donald-trump-look-at-the-covid19-case-numbers

    • Herb from Michigan Says:

      I think I read in tRumps’s nieces’ book that when a very small child, tRump had an emergency surgery. He was comatose and brain dead when brought in. So doctors bypassed his brain and his mouth is powered by his asshole and vice versa. Most of what he says really stinks right? Well that’s because with the junk food he eats there is mostly noxious farts coming out of his mouth. There is no brain. You can blame many things he says on the “bowel gas to speech” translation technology they installed during the operation. It was years ago and the software was very primitive back then.
      It MUST be true, what other explanation can we give Hurben for why tRump is such an asshole?

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      It’s not his fault. He’s on a mission from god. Deflect, distract, and deceive is the con man’s triple threat. And we elected him.
      We shit the bed. It’s past time for new linens and mattress. Old shit needs to go to the landfill.

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