Lightning Fires make for Spectacular Sunrises

Smoke Sun

Daily Photo



  • Kim,

    Your blog has a nice map of the fires in the Willits area. Have you access to a similar map for the Garberville area?


  • Dan, Unfortunately no! I can’t find anything and I have searched!

  • isn’t it amazing how something so dramatically devastating like a fire can also have beautiful side effects to it (just like life?)? and you captured it so well…

  • Reminds me of the low sun in Bangkok. My friends there call it the “yolk” because it resembles an egg yolk and you can always look right at the low sun through the thick smog. It is pretty, and ugly at the same time.

  • I like the way the sun is in the middle of the notch here. Good shot.

  • The sun looks like that this evening here, too.

  • I just took some photos of the sunset. It was as fantastic and tropical looking as this sunrise.

  • Gramps the Grump

    Kym, I’ve been messing with the geomac thermal map site and I can’t make it show me the Paradise Ridge fire. Frustrating. That was some sunset, now I have baby skunks on my porch. Maybe hey want to come in out of the smoke.

  • Gramps, I don’t know why but the Humboldt Complex is all they list on that otherwise pretty decent map. The Paradise Ridge fire is part of the complex but the Mendocino area has individual areas listed and isn’t just listed under Mendocino complex.

  • It looks just like it was taken on a tropical island, maybe Hawaii. Totally unrelated note, you are doing a fine job of reporting the local fire news. Stop and think how the news has evolved in the last 40 years – from the nation all tuning in to watch Walter Cronkite give a very broad most decidedly biased view of what was going on to citizen bloggers like you giving very site specific and very thorough coverage of events targeted to a particular demographic. And citizen reporters capturing sound bites that change the course of national elections. It’s quite amazing when you think about it . . . .. steve

  • Under the right conditions you can see sunspots when the smoke is thick like that.

    When I was in Saudi Arabia, the skies were still thick with smoke from the oil fires in Kuwait. One morning, while at the Port of Damam, the sun was just huge and you could look right at it without any eye protection- the thick smoke filtering out the harmful rays.

    I thought I saw some spots on the sun. Grabbed my mini- binoculars and took a look. Sure enough, sunspots. With the binoculars they looked just like something out of a science book.

    Don’t try that at home, folks. I’m not sure just how much filtering you need to view the sun safely. Not sure if the smoke down there is thick enough.

  • Steve, The blogs are wonderful ways for people to get information out. I love the way they give power back to individuals.

    Fred, Surprisingly, we can look straight at the sun. I’m even using my telescopic lens on my camera to take photos with no apparent ill effects. …Of course, I could go blind tomorrow.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *