Okay Forest Fires, that's about enough. It's been an insane summer here in BC for fires and half the time (or more) a cloudy day turns out to be a new fire. In the interior of BC last week there was even a "Fire Tornado" that tore through Rock Creek. Guys, a Fire Tornado? Seriously?
Last month Peter and I went to Tofino for our anniversary and had perfect blue skies. Part of the reason we went to Tofino was that the west coast Fog Belt of the island still allowed campfires. Sitting around the fire is like 97.2% of the reason I bother to go camping in the first place.
The sunday we woke up to intensely orange skies and a red sun trying desperately to burn through. It looked like another planet. We learned there was a fire at one of the lakes near to Port Alberni.
This was an eerie scene from Long Beach, taken at high noon. The smoke, the orange, and the heat from the smoke was super intense. It was one of the weirdest days of surfing I've ever had, atmosphere wise.
[I took this shot on a 70-200mm lens, at 200mm, on my a7ii. I tried to get a slow shutter to let the waves soften, which at 200mm is difficult to get anything sharp (camera shake). The a7ii has built in stabilization though, which allowed me to just barely keep the dog sharp while letting the water go slightly soft - with no tripod.]
All these fires combined with depleted water resources this summer is a scary recipe. Let's hope we can clear to conserve our resources and care for our forests and ecosystem ... as I have a bad feeling this won't be our last summer dealing with this combo.
A massive thank you to our firefighters, both local and those that have traveled here to help. #staysafeBC #BCwildfires #loveBCfirefighters #beautifulBC #landscape #tofino #waterscap #travel