Okay, I dunno if you could call it weather per se, but it’s affecting the weather, so I’m gonna call it weather. Here are three snapshots I just took wandering around outside for about five minutes:
This one is from my front porch. Looks like a foggy morning, right? Nope. That there is smoke. Lots and lots of smoke. It’s coming from the various wildfires that are all over Oregon and Washington which you can learn about here.
We live in a valley so any kind of pollutant will just gather here until the next strong weather system pulls it out. Right now, the smoke isn’t too bad, it looks pretty awful up high, but if you look down on the ground, it’s not as thick, well it wasn’t when I took the picture of this lilac plant (I think it’s lilac) growing at the edge of my driveway:
Almost looks like a nice spring day, huh? Not a whiff of smoke anywhere. I dunno what that plant is next to the lilac, but it’s growing all over the place. It gets pretty big too. I kinda like it. It’s funky. So anyway, the smoke in the air is like a light fog… it looks bad from afar, but it’s invisible when up close. Up high though, it’s pretty awful. Here’s my very amateurish picture of the sun. The sun is red in color, but I can’t get my phone to take a picture that captures what my eye sees. Oh well, at least the sky is the same color as in the photo. I have a real camera around here somewhere, maybe I’ll hunt it up and charge the battery. I think there’s a trick to taking solar pictures though. Be that as it may here’s my sad attempt at capturing the sun… you get the idea:
Like I said, I’m not really bitching about the smoke. I’m just glad that my house isn’t on fire and that we’re not being evacuated. It’s something to think about though. I was just thinking this morning. I don’t even know where we would go if we had to evacuate. Like none of my relatives have room for us and our four pets. I don’t know of any shelters that would take us and our four pets, and I sure as hell am not leaving the four pets behind. Yeah… something to consider and plan for I think.
Back to the smoke. It’s playing merry hell with my lungs. I’m not planning on doing any heavy lifting today at all. I mean, maybe walk to the mailbox, but that’s about it. I did quite a bit this weekend and my arms are still killing me. Today, I’m just gonna take it easy and try not to breathe in too much smoke. Maybe I’ll kill some dragons, or, maybe I won’t. We’ll see. ^_^