Wildfire Haze Sunset

“We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change,

and we are the last generation that can do something about it.”

~ Jay Inslee


Sunset, San Francisco, California, Fujifilm X-T2

Sunset Haze


“Here we are, the most clever species ever to have lived. So how is it we can destroy the only planet we have?” 

~ Jane Goodall


Sunset, San Francisco, California, Fujifilm X-T2

Flaming Sky


“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

~ Albert Einstein


Sunset, San Francisco, California, Fujifilm X-T2



“This is not a partisan debate; it is a human one. Clean air and water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation.”

~ Leonardo DiCaprio


Sunset, San Francisco, California, Fujifilm X-T2

Wildfire Haze Panorama



Categories: City Scenes, Landscapes, Night Photography, Photography, Sunrise, SunsetTags: , , , , , , , ,


  1. I like the way you partner the striking photos with the sobering quotations.

  2. Hear hear! And you quoted our “gov.” 🙂 I love what you did with “Blinded.” Smoky skies can make great photographs, but it’s not he way we want things to go, is it?

  3. The flaming sky photo is spectacular, but I really like your creativity and lighting of the ‘blinds’ ~ beautiful skies simply make the day, even though the reasons for such beauty is so destructive. Wish you well ~

    • Thanks very much, Randall, especially for your appreciation of Blinded. As you know, it’s satisfying when a creative moment is realized.
      The fires have gotten under control for now, thankfully. Hoping I won’t have any more hazy sunsets to shoot.

  4. Lovely pictures and apt quotes. It often amazes me how the same species can be so technically smart, but yet so stupid at the same time.

  5. Your photos are lovely colorful – the quotes paired well to stir up thinking about the environment and our care for it….

  6. It is scary to try to follow what is happening on the news. We don’t get much here, and I wonder how much they are sensationalizing it. “HOLLYWOOD ON FIRE” Doesn’t help anyone understand what is happening. At first I thought this was a result of 50 years of fire suppression, but do I understand that it is just as often towns on fire?
    Your images are heartbreakingly beautiful. Like others, Blinded is my favorite.
    I cannot express how sorry I am that this is happening.

    • Hi Melissa, Thank you. A frightening reminder of what we face with the warming climate.
      The devastating effects of long term drought combined with the force of the Santa Ana winds create perilous situations for people in both the countryside and in cities. I was in LA last year when the fires were a mere couple of miles from us in the city. Scary times.

  7. Powerful quote by Einstein: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” Beautiful pictures, but also scary.

  8. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Don’t miss Jane’s great photos and the super quotes!!!

  9. Awesome photos and super quotes!! 💖💖🌹🌹✨✨

  10. Gorgeous compositions and colors, Jane, especially “Blinded.” Sadly that word applies to those motivated by greed and not protection of our future. I think Jane Goodall could have it wrong about us being so clever.

    • Hi Ellen, You are perfectly in sync with my thoughts when I captioned that shot and I agree, Goodall is overpraising. Glad you enjoyed these sunsets barring the sad reason for them. Thank you so much.

  11. The sunset beauty, the unfortunate byproduct of wildfires. Like that “blinds” shot very much.

  12. Your photos are lovely despite the awful source. Powerful quotes as well.

  13. Firstly, I’m covered in goosebumps and have tears in my eyes. You’ve moved my heart this morning, Jane. I do all I can do to encourage others to become aware of the crisis our world is experiencing and so many times, my encouragement, my example, fall on deaf ears and blind eyes. LOVE the color scheme in this post …. between the reds in the sky and the colors …. extremely well coordinated. Thank you for continuing the message that says, folks, we are in trouble and it is up to US to do something about it. Every little thing counts too!! Bless you!

    • Thank you so much for sharing your passion about the issue of the climate crisis, AmyRose. As photographers, we can continue to document our fragile world around us to bring awareness in whatever small way we can. Your thoughts on this are much appreciated! 🌹🌏

      • I’ve been hearing so loudly (my guidance) to document with my camera the changes as I witness them. I’ve also been told time and time again to show Beauty and encourage others to seek Beauty as well. The more of us who not only actively do something to help Gaia to heal, and who show through our talents a world that is founded on love, the stronger the light becomes that is the glue for permanent change in the Whole. Bless you for walking this Path!

  14. Hello
    I love all this red at your place today

  15. Is it strange that “Blinded” is my favourite?

    • Hi Khürt, Not at all- it’s certainly mine. The messages are sad but in this image, for me, the creative moment of inspiration is a great memory. I’m happy you like it -thanks very much. 🙂

  16. Beautiful pictures, Jane. Especially like Blinded and the panorama – but the wildfires are really something else – I’ve good friends there, and I’m relieved to hear that they are at present at least far from any of the fires. A

    • Thank you, Adrian. The skies are a stunning yet sad result of this year’s fires. Thankfully they are getting under control now. I’m glad that your friends aren’t directly affected. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

  17. The hue of colors is just amazing, but the disaster is horrible.

  18. So heart breaking, and so beautiful.

  19. Striking photographs, but the immediate and longer term situation is so alarming. I try to be hopeful and think we can right the ship, but in truth we’re destroying what sustains all life at a rate that’s beyond recovery. Future generations (if there are any) will look back in utter disbelief that we didn’t meet our moral obligation…

    • You are so right, Adam. The devastating losses of habitat and species are frightening and we will be remembered as the generation who did nothing. Ugh. I hated typing that. Thank you for commiserating with me. I know how important this is to you, too.

  20. Tragic beauty, Jane. Powerful quotes. Will humanity act in time to avert the worst?

  21. I watched a BBC documentary about the fires around the town of Paradise “camp fire” in 2018 It was an unbelievable scene, I had tears in my eyes listening to the experiences of people trying to escape to safety.

    • Hi Conspicari, Oh, yes, Paradise was a terrible tragedy and is still an awful situation for those displaced. These photos are a reminder of how fragile our world is, I think. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  22. I’d say the sky looks really beautiful, but knowing it is due to the fires it’s somewhat terrible.
    Anyway, really great pictures.

  23. Fabulous shots Jane….and the words are priceless….just WOW!!

  24. Love the colors and your images. I am also sad for those in CA and for our earth in suffering those infernos.

  25. Not the silver lining of forest fires, but the red one.

  26. Beautiful pictures Jane, thanks for sharing them. Hope you and your family are safe and doing well. So sad what is going on there. 😢

  27. A bittersweet post ….beauty arising from the ashes….

  28. Beautiful images Jane 🙂 I really love the DiCaprio quote. I could never understand why this issue is left or right rather than right or wrong. Everybody should want the same thing.

  29. These are good words from these great people. I do agree with Mr. Leonardo that is has absolutely partisan debate.. it is our moral obligation.

    Wonderful pictures that go along..

  30. Oh dear oh dear…I saw some of these kind of fires and the heavy smoke in the Pantanal, BR and I complained the smoke was not good for my shots and then felt guilty, so guilty when my guide said: how do you think the animals feel?…I could have buried myself in shame.

  31. We hear about the fires every day – and hope you stay safe. Great series – but sad soul. The quotes are very fitting. We are indeed blinded. And stupid. Not the magnificent species we are said to be.

  32. Beautiful but so poignant – may you all stay safe

  33. Makes some great skies, but in sad circumstances….

  34. I love ‘Blinded’, Great!, regarding the content of this post..

  35. Einstein was a wise man. Your pictures are fantastic but they are also very sad.

  36. Beautiful and poignantly concerning. Be safe, Jane.

  37. Beautiful photos. If there were not the depressing reason.

  38. Great photography Jane but if it’s as a result of the fires your home State is experiencing then very sad. The quotes you chose are very true and powerful but I see little action from the governments of the world to change this mess.

    • Hi Brian, We haven’t been as affected by poor air quality in the city this year, unlike our poor neighbors to the north and folks in LA. It seem that our lousy politics have gotten in the way of sensible responses to scientific fact. Thank very much for viewing- the effects of the haze can be dazzling.

  39. Some of the most wonderful sunset images are made as a result of wildfires. It’s a sad relationship. Your shots are all beautiful examples of that unfortunate phenomenon. All the quotes are so appropriate too. One would think the human race, supposedly the smartest and most highly developed of all creatures upon this planet, would have learned to live more harmoniously with the Earth’s systems. Sometimes I think the question about our demise will be whether we go out with a whimper or a bang. 😦
    Lovely images all though. 🙂

  40. So very true, all those quotes, Jane.

  41. Terrific sunsets, but they’re so spooky. We had our share several years running. It’s no fun living with and breathing it. Sadly this seems to be the new normal. Still, we get to enjoy the sunsets and try not to think of the lives being destroyed. 😟

  42. All so very powerful Jane, both your photos and the quotes.

  43. Great photos, Jane. I especially like the creativity of the window blind. Well done. 🙂

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