Smokey Stormy Sunsets for Sunday

Fire season has begun in Calaveras. This shot is sunset in Murphy’s through smoke generated by the Mountain Ranch fire. Other than minor cropping, photos are “straight out of the camera”.


We’ve been under a Fire Weather Watch from the National Weather Service:  a storm with “… the possibility of dry lightning and gusty outflow winds in dry fuels warrant the issuance of the fire weather watch…” Well, that storm didn’t drop water, but did bring wailing winds and sparks of lightning with thunderous claps that sent the cats skittering from their perch for cover. It also brought welcome clouds to shield the hot afternoon glare and color our sunsets.

Was odd weather. Blazingly clear days, then growing darkness and whipping wind gusts – each one followed by periods of silence and eerie stillness. Other than the power playing peek a boo, it was a storm worth enjoying. The distinctive fresh scent of a summer storm is a rarity for Californians.

Pop on over to Sundays in My City at Unknown mami to see what others have them been up to in their neck of the woods.

18 comments on “Smokey Stormy Sunsets for Sunday

  1. Tara R. says:

    The storm makes for some eerily beautiful photos.

  2. sheila says:

    All wonderful but the 2nd last is my fav!

    • Maggie says:

      Sheila – that’s my favorite as well. The bottom is a better “composition” with the lonely telephone pole anchor but the clouds in this really call to me.

  3. BLOGitse says:

    ooh, these are beautiful!
    Here in Finland we don’t have (normally) dangerous storms but we have (recently) a lot, I mean a lot! of snow…
    Thanks for your hint!
    Have a good week ahead!

  4. Laurie says:

    Hauntingly beautiful.

  5. Audrey says:

    Wow…those shots made me shiver. Living in Santa Barbara, I’m all too familiar with a sunset through the smoke filled sky 😦

    • Maggie says:

      You and me both Audrey. “Pine” had 6 fires as I was writing this – in past, smoke from what I’d consider a good distance away would settle here.

  6. Wonderful sunsets! I´m sorry you was late for PicStory. The link is open till Saturday 3 pm (GMT +1) and than you can vote. But tomorrow 6pm we´ll start the new round. The topic is Yellow! So you have one chance more to join us 😉

  7. Arija says:

    A glorious summer storm. I hope it wasn’t all dry, the smell of the dry earth after a rain is just heaven.
    Fire is the bane of our lives in summer as well. We are barely into spring and already we have temps of 32C forecast for this week. After a rare good winter with lots of growth is is a frightening prospect. Hope you keep safe.

  8. Ebie says:

    Beautiful colors and clouds popping in the skies. We had lightning and rain last Saturday after that week long 3 digit temps in Southern CA.

  9. Unknown Mami says:

    I don’t love storms, but I love your pics.

  10. I’ve been away most of the month and missed our Southern California skies. Yours are gorgeous shots to show me what I missed. Thanks.

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