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Old Sep 11, 2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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Default Shadows or Not?? An early morning observation

No photo here--just an observation from an early morning walk this morning. There several huge wildfires burning about a hundred miles or so east of Portland and we have been seeing brown skies from the smoke blowing this way for the past few days. Last night, the moon was bright red-orange.

This morning, I went for a walk about 6:45 and the rising sun was as red as last night's moon. The interesting thing was that it was not casting any shadows. Once the sun got higher in the sky a couple hours later, it had it normal color and shadows were everywhere.

I suspect that all the smoke and haze diffused the sunlight too much at dawn create any shadows. I dunno!

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Old Sep 11, 2011, 12:16 PM   #2
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You might not know calr, but the Shadow knows.....(now the organ music plays).
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Old Sep 11, 2011, 3:39 PM   #3
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I've seen that in the past, never really thought about it before. Shadows do get subdued when there's a lot of smoke in the air (anxiously hoping the light smoke rising from behind a near-by ridge doesn't get any larger and wishing they didn't have the road blocked off to the top of the ridge, would like to photograph the helicopter and fixed wing plane working the fire).
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Old Sep 11, 2011, 7:29 PM   #4
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I'm glad we haven't had to experience the billowing clouds from extreme wildfires.
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Old Sep 12, 2011, 1:19 PM   #5
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As a side note, here is a phone pic I took this morning.
I just turned left, could not turn right because the road was blovked by police because of fire. The fence on the left is the Bush Airport fence here in Houston. That is SMOKE, not fog, etc.
It was 10 times worse behind me.
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Old Sep 12, 2011, 9:47 PM   #6
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Wow! That's some smoke, not somewhere I'd want to be at all. While we seem to be having a bit of bother now, I don't think it compares to what's going on in Texas.
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 6:41 PM   #7
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G'day all

Here's an image from Victoria in southern Australia
Taken a couple of years ago, this is part of the main highway between Sydney & Melbourne [about 1200miles] and the bush fire was 20 miles away from the highway at the time
Visibility was perhaps 1/4 mile at best

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