Monday, May 30, 2005

Fire in the sky

London has the most consistently polluted air in the country, if not the entire continent. This is by virtue of our location downwind from a whole lot of nasty industry, as well as the geographic quirks of our land that conspire to trap the same dirty air in a never-ending soup of smog from spring to autumn - and beyond.

But it makes for nice sunsets, dontcha think? Everything has an upside, apparently.

Your turn: The first words that come to mind when you see this are...?

25 comments:

thequeen said...

Where's the forest fire?
Those where my first thoughts.
I wouldn't want to breathe that air was my second thought.THen the third was, how beautiful that sky is.. I think you should consider movnig away !!!!

Mark A. Rayner said...

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

(Remember to roll the 'r's.)

I knew I shouldna picked up that ring...

janie q said...

forest fire was the first thing i thought of, it's like the sky is glowing

CanEragon said...

Red skies at night !!!

Looks like there's a firestorm headed your way!

Jeremy

A Woman Changed said...

The Oakland Hills firestorm of 1991. Sorry, that was my first thought. jk

Terry said...

Yep, forest fire. Here in BC it was quite a common site last year. Scary, like trouble on the horizon.

Marti said...

Absolutely Gorgeous! If only you could breath in the fresh Autum air....

LuAnn the class clown is spreading joy once again…so I felt the need to share the love tag – you are now it!

L said...

wow... it really does look like there's a forest fire!

Heather said...

Fiery and beautiful! I have a picture of a gorgeous sunset. This pic reminded me of it. I will post it on my blog for you.

Christine said...

It makes me think of fire, too. Oh it is beautiful!

Leanne said...

Where are all the Hot Firemen?
Kinda makes me wonder if this is not only beauty in nature, but mother nature's way of saying that she is burning mad at us for all the stuff we send into the air.
Hmmm food for thought.

PractiGal said...

Eerie! and beautiful!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

"Think we'll ever get rain?"

Mellie Helen said...

Actually? Made me think of the gemstone known as "Tiger Eye". Beautiful marbled golds and browns and oranges. I remember seeing similar sunsets growing up in *koff koff!* Los Angeles.

Karen said...

Great Sunset - should come with a warning - LOOK DON'T BREATHE

Melonie said...

The day after they drop the bomb.

Melonie said...

Honestly, Carmi I believe that West Virginia has an equal amount of pollution if not more than London. We have the highest cancer and asthma rates in the whole country and its gotta be caused by something.

Gonzo said...

I used to live in Los Angeles, and from time to time would escape north to Santa Barbara for a weekend getaway. Well, when I would have to drive south home again, I'd reach the top of the ridge overlooking the San Fernando Valley, where I lived at the time, and I could see a huge, thick layer of brown air resting on the valley floor.

I would literally experience a moment of panic. It was normally in the 80's to 90's Farenheit, I didn't have air conditioning in my car, but I'd roll up the windows. But, nanoseconds later I'd be gripped by the thought that I would eventually have to open my car door to get out and go about my life.

Is it that bad in London, Carmi? I know this all sounds like a childish, "And you think you have it bad" statement, but I really wonder if it really is that bad there.

Jef said...

Ooh... that's really nice.

A Career Woman and A Housewife said...

Forest. Fire. First thoughts!
Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for visiting our site!
-Housewife

Libby said...

looks like pictures i've seen of an australian brushfire!

Maddie said...

It made me think of a particular brush that I use in Photoshop. The clouds almost look like handwriting in the sky.

Gina said...

Yup, I was with the forest fire people.

Here in Southern California we get the same effect. Natural basin and all that stuff. The most beautiful are when we have raging forest fires. Polluted air equalling great sunsets, that makes me a little depressed.

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