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California / Horizon / Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


October 13, 2020 — San Francisco Bay, California

The smoke had finally cleared and what was obscuring the view was not smoke but fog, which is the way it’s supposed to be. Boaters were once again out on the bay. Boats passing in the mist.

During the worst of the weeks of smoke from the Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties, we were seeing AQI numbers over 300 for days in a row.

AQI stands for Air Quality Index. The scale runs from 0, which is perfect, to 500, where the air can almost be cut with a knife. 301 to 500 is classified as hazardous. Breathing is pretty much the same as smoking, except what’s in the air is even worse than tobacco smoke. Think of what was burned. That’s in the smoke. During this time, “air quality” was an oxygen moron: anyone who thought there was oxygen in the air was a moron.

Of course, if breathing the smoke was bad for us, think of those who lost everything — including in some cases, their lives.

The climate is changing. There’s no doubt about it. And with climate change comes changes in local and regional weather patterns. For us it means heat and drought.

But we still have our fog, and that is reassuring.

(Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.3; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

PS — I’ve been deeply enmeshed in other activities, but I shall return to regular blogging and to reading blogs soon.

The Author

California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


    • Thanks Steve. One of my followers on Instagram said that this was minimalism to the max. I said that I was exploring the borders of minimalism but when I reached it it might be so minimal that I might not see it.

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  1. Well done, Michael, well done – words and image! It’s not easy to be concise about important topics and still get the message across, but you succeeded – again, with both the words and the image. Here’s to low AQI’s!

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  2. One time, many years ago, a buddy and I were cruising around looking for photographic subjects when we saw a car go flying, almost literally, into a parking lot and the senior housing project behind it. A few seconds later it was followed by a police cruiser, then a fire engine. We went in to see if there was a photo opportunity but first helped with knocking on doors to alert folks of the fire. In one building where the fire had spread the most aggressively the smoke was dense and the air almost unbreathable. It was choking and as I knocked on a door a police officer came through a fire door and the smoke following her was billowing as thick as one might imagine. She was choking and I joined her. I imagine that might be what you and your neighbors experienced by your description.
    The second boat adds so much even as subtle as it is. I am very glad that not only are you now inhaling fog rather than smoke but that it seems your home must have been spared and hopefully most of your neighborhood.

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    • What a harrowing story! The smoke we were experiencing was bad but nothing like the smoke in or immediately adjacent to the fire itself. Thank you very much; I do believe the second boat adds a lot.

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