Fire in the sky

The Yosemite rim fire has burned more 400 square miles of forest since August 17, and is still only 80% contained.  The smoke drifts up and down the valleys of the eastern Sierra, occasionally obscuring the view of the mountains entirely from below.   But the smoke does create some special effects at sunset.

Sunset over Lake Tahoe, California.  The color was exactly this intense -- no "Photoshopping" enhancements.

Sunset over Lake Tahoe, California on September 9. The color was exactly this intense — no “Photoshopping” enhancement was done.

The Sierra Nevada mountains on the border of California and Nevada often collect big cumulus rain clouds in the late summer, and occasionally a few drops make it down to the ground before the clouds break up.  But this evening, the clouds opened up on the lakeshore, and even the rain was tinged red — another reminder of the fire raging in the Yosemite area.

red rain at sunset over Lake Tahoe

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