Sunset Scenes

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Sunset Scenes
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By John Wiley

Cruising above the hills to home, sunset scenes like these reminded us of how much beauty we enjoy here. Zaca Lake was receding into quiet shadows among the trees. The area around Figueroa Mountain had already faded from the recent blush of poppies, toward the brown of Summer. The water inlet at Cachuma had risen further above silent ripples to remind us of drought.

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John Wiley May 20, 2018 11:31 AM
Sunset Scenes

I forgot to mention in the wide shot of the Fig Mtn area, in flight we noticed that line across the top looked like a distant smoke layer. It was quite orange, but the camera makes it look more blue due to atmospheric moisture. We never saw a smoke plume anywhere, but are wondering if anyone here knows what it was from. Was there a fire, maybe in Ventura, Kern or LA County that had been knocked down by sunset yesterday? Could it have been LA smog, or smog blown over the mountains from the Salinas or San Joaquin valleys?

macpuzl May 20, 2018 09:34 PM
Sunset Scenes

John - The atmospheric stuff may have been leftovers from the Happy Fire? Depending on how vigorous the Kilauea eruption becomes, we may be in for some really colorful sunsets.

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