Wildfires: Hazy Days and Dramatic Sunsets

Spanish Banks Sunset 5500 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

They may not be recognisable, but those silhouettes in the photo above are some of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains at sunset yesterday.

In British Columbia, summer wildfires are no longer anomalies. We were among those evacuated from our homes during the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park Fire, but were also among the fortunate whose homes were not lost.

Spanish Banks 5318 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

As of earlier this week, a total of 184 wildfires were burning across beautiful BC, resulting in a number of evacuations, significant reductions in air quality, and worse. Wildfires are also a concern two provinces to the east of us, where roughly 13,000 people from northern areas of Saskatchewan have been evacuated from their homes.

Sunset Solitude 5263 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

In the midst of all this, Vancouverites continue to make our way to various beaches, where there is great beauty through the haze. These are all shots from last evening at Spanish Banks.

Spanish Banks Sunset Swim 5390 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

People were out in force, continuing to play volleyball, bike, run and walk – and, as you see above, swimming in the beautifully lit waters.Spanish Banks Sunset 5474 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

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