Smoke through Mountains

A month before, thunderstorms started fires in remote areas of Olympic National Park, followed by scant rainfall over ensuing weeks, and no substantial fire-fighting efforts.  This allowed the flames to spread largely uninhibited with assorted wind shifts.  This scene thus greeted us as we arrived for an early morning visit and photo shoot:  a ghostly, surreal ether punctuated by mountains that seemed to float in the sea of smoke.   Meanwhile we were able to stand and hike largely above the pall, occasionally catching a whiff of the smoke.  Soon thereafter, rain-bearing clouds moved in, adding an equally strange perspective when viewed from wide angles.

11 SSW Port Angeles WA (28 Aug 16) Looking S
47.969, -123.4987

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