Hell’s Inferno

All photos taken on July 24, 2021 in Kamloops, B.C.

We arrived at the Holiday Inn Express in Kamloops around 6:00 PM. I checked in, while the ladies got the luggage sorted at the car. When I came back out, the sky was an eerie orange and the sun was a menacing red.

But, I had luggage to tote and kept my photo aspirations on the back burner, for a while. When I went back out for one last item, I could not resist taking a few shots. I knew that two major fires and a few smaller ones were burning nearby, but the sight unfolding looked truly horrible. We would be glad to wend our way back East tomorrow.

From a distance, the scene does not look that bad.
On closer inspection, the early evening sun is partly obscured by rising smoke plumes.
Pulling back, the smoke plumes almost look like clouds.
The sun, still high in the sky appears to be consumed by the smoke
One last shot before heading into the “fresher” air of the hotel – the sun looks like a new planet being born out of fire

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

30 thoughts on “Hell’s Inferno

    1. See that from a safe location made me realize the Hell that the fire fighters must go through, when all they can see is smoke and flame. The fire situation is finally under control in B.C. for this season. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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    1. As scary as it was to drive through, we can only imagine how unnerving it was to live there and be packed up ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan


  1. Wow, such fantastic photos, Allan 🙂 Almost every photographer at one time or another has taken a shot of the moon, either as the subject of the photo or in the background of a photo as the majestic full moon is what grabs most people’s attention, especially if the colour of the sky and clouds are unusual 🙂 Thanks for sharing and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Thanks Aiva. What was scary is that these were shots of the sun at about 6:00 PM, 3+ hours before it was due to set. The smoke cloud brought that about a bit quicker though. Usually sun shots are tough to get, due to trying to focus on bright light, but the smoke actually helped me out on that count. Happy Friday and thanks for reading. Allan

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  2. I find it super scary to see the sun like that. My reaction is, “This is hell!” Did you get ash falling from the sky? That happened in California last year. I have also driven through areas that have had wildfires. It’s eerie!

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    1. Agreed. It was a scary sight. Ash and burned evergreen needles were falling in Kamloops, but on the smoky days up here, there was ash on our deck tables. Hoping for more serene drives in the future. Thanks for reading. Allan

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