I woke up, looked out the window, took a guess from the darkness that it was 6:30 a.m., turned over, and the phone rang. What? A spam call. So early? Then I saw the time: 8:05. Got up, went to the park. It was too dark to see any birds other than a sleeping duck on the water, and those images turned out grainy and blurry, useless. In the landscape photo above, taken on the north side, it’s already after 9 am. The sunrise was at 6:46, but it’s as dark at 9 as early dawn. By 10, when I got home, it seemed even darker, and at 11, darker still. Luckily, the air was still breathable, with particle numbers in the “moderate” range. The cause is a mass of high smoke and ash from a cluster of wildfires, blended with morning fog. If that smoke and ash settle to the ground, we’re going to have air quality readings in the purple range. Michael Krasny’s show had guests discussing why they were leaving California.
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