Haze and Ash

DSC_0002I woke up today not to the hot white sun beating down as I’m accustomed to, but instead a hazy yellow-orange glow. One look outside confirmed that yes, indeed there is a massive drought and wildfire problem right now in BC. I knew we were very hot and dry, but the fire issue is now in everyone’s face, even if it just the fine layer of white ash that is now covering everything.

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Ash on mint

You’ll notice that all my photos today have a yellowish tinge. I’ve decided not to color correct anything so you can get an idea of the dramatic lighting we are experiencing. It’s ironic that my boyfriend recently showed me photos of the similarly apocalyptic-looking skies in Yellowknife, NT after their massive fires last year. I wonder how long until it blows over? I’ve read that most of it is coming in from the Mainland and the United States, but I do know that we have some fires raging here on the island too.

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Ash on okra

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Ash on garlic starts

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The haze from my kitchen window

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Ash on tomato leaves

Plumage Progress

DSC_0053I’ve been posting about Bert a lot, but I really am fascinated to see the progress of his adult feathers coming in.

He has now lost most of his “headdress” or neck feathers, and the replacement pinfeathers are visible. He also has new pinfeathers over his eyes.

DSC_0044DSC_0045The last of his old tail feathers have fallen and the fresh pointy tips of his new ones are poking out. He’ll be a lot less agile once his full tail grows out, it will be more than twice the length of his body!

DSC_0031He seems to realize that his main job is to be gorgeous, and happily poses for the camera in exchange for treats. One of the cats even reached up to touch noses with him the other day and he barely flinched. What a bird.

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