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In late July of 2021, an outbreak of wildfires on the west coast has created a bunch of smoke that's been flowing across the rest of the U.S, including to where I am.
This has made the sky much more blurry and washed out, and the mountains in the distance almost completely fade into the horizon, making them barely visible. Even mountains
near me are noticeably more faded, and during the evening, sun rays that land near me look more reddish. I'd imagine this is sort of similar to what people like
JMW Turner saw during the Year Without A Summer, after volcanic ash scattered in the sky from Asia. I don't know if I'll see something like this again, so I've taken a few pictures below.
I also found this dead bird as I was walking around. Maybe it suffocated in the air from the smoke? I haven't seen any other dead birds around since before
this all started though, so it might just be a coincidence.