Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is The World Through Your Eyes. That concept is essentially the premise of my blog, and most of you have a pretty good idea of what my world looks like. Well, this week it’s pretty smoky and my eyes are burning, thanks to more wildfires than I can count in New Mexico and Colorado. Worse than last year. When I framed this shot, I made sure to include the foliage in the front to give the image some depth and accentuate the smoke in the background.

Most of the smoke in this image came from the West Fork Complex Fire. As a friend said, this fire is a monster and “the perfect storm of drought, heat, beetle kill, and wind.”

Anyone else feeling the effects of climate change?

Multiple fires in Colorado and New Mexico create a smoky sunset in Colorado's San Luis Valley.

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  1. That’s an awful lot of smoke. I clicked on the link and saw that the fire was caused by lightning strike. Those firefighters must certainly have their work cut out for them. Not an enviable task.

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  4. Rob

    This is one of the most beautiful of all of the photos I have looked at in this week’s challenge. It is crazy, how in the midst of the fire’s destruction and fury, that there is such magnificence. Be safe.

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  6. That’s a beautiful picture! Oh yes, we’re certainly feeling the effects of climate change here in Europe. The weather has become so unpredictable and with so much flooding it’s all a bit scary.

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      • No one, as far as I know, has air conditioning in their houses in north of Europe, including the UK (offices yes, but not homes). You’d have to go to South Europe for that privilege. Actually this summer has been really cold in the UK. Eastern Europe on the other hand is melting. But yes, generally speaking the summers in North Europe have been far hotter than normal (and mild winters too).

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  7. poppytump

    Such gorgeous picture Ruth . What devastation has been caused . An Aunt in Colorado Springs is safe but a couple of her friends have not been so lucky . Hope it will settle down soon .

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  8. Sonel

    A stunning but sad photo at the same time Ruth and I always feel for the wild creatures that could be stuck in the fires. We have mountain fires like that during the winter months as well. I do hope you and everyone else is safe and it’s better by now. πŸ˜€ *hugs*

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      • Sonel

        Oh yes hon. We have a long mountain range here and it happens now and then that fires break out. Yes, the same here. It is heartbreaking indeed.

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  9. Ruth, i know how awful these fires can be – and their unpredictable nature adds another bothering element. We lived through fire season in Florida for several years, with ash falling constantly like snow. Your photo is both beautiful and a cautionary tale for climate change. All the best, Terri

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    • Terri, falling ash is just creepy, isn’t it? We’ve experienced that a few times as well, both here and in Denver after the Hayman Fire. Poor Florida experiences fires AND hurricanes. Thanks for stopping by. πŸ˜‰

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