|9/5/17 Seattle's sun at 8:21 a.m.|
A couple of weeks ago I sketched the darkened sun as the moon passed in front of it. This morning I sketched the sun again, but this time it was no eclipse – it was smoke and ash from wildfires still burning in central Washington that blocked the sun, turning it an eerie orange-pink. Sketched at 8:21 a.m., it looked more like sunset. And like the solar eclipse at totality, I could stare directly at the sun with my naked eyes. Ash flakes fell on my sketchbook as I sketched.
Our typical overcast sky is white or gray, but today it has a strong yellowish cast. A dusting of ash covers the cars and other outdoor surfaces. Despite today’s heat, expected to be in the 90s by this afternoon, our windows are sealed up tight.