Is this the end of the world?
Perhaps not, but the idea has become a common plaint of images shared from the west coast as wildfires turn the sky crimson red.
To those far from the blazes, the images came as a novelty at first. It’s not every day you see a sky so red, after all. But, behind these warm hues are raging the worst wildfires in recent history. Fires in the western U.S. have claimed the lives of at least 10 so far, turning hundreds of thousands of acres of forest to ash, and razing entire communities to the ground.
From Redditor u/d0rkside0fthem00n comes “An unaltered picture near the current fires Mendocino County, California.”
From u/amgremlin, “How does the saying go? “Red sky at noon, sailors are monstrous and something is seriously wrong?”
“I’ve lived the last twenty five years on this block waiting for this moment,” posted Redditor u/Astrofluke, with an image from his conceivably martian neighborhood.
“TIL; the apocalypse is Pantone 130 U,” posted Redditor u/dex110, using a color comparison swatch to determine the exact tint of the sky.
GreaterGood’s own Handmade/Fair Trade Senior Buyer Michelle Schechtman took her own pictures from the Bay Area in California.
“Taken at 11:35am,” she wrote in an email to her colleagues. “No filter.”
Redditor u/Extratyrrestrial titles their post, “Red sky in Salem, Oregon due to the many fires along the coast.”
As clarified by u/ThePTstudent, “All the pictures of red skies don’t show how much ash is actually falling down from the fires.”
Redditor u/mn_aspie captured this video in Oregon of a massive explosion erupting in Talent, OR as the spreading fires razed the community.
If you notice an eerie and unnatural quality to these photos, you are not alone. Any beauty within is far surpassed by the destruction and horror left in the wake of the fires that caused them.
We hope that fact alone is motivation for our readers to help us support the victims of these fires when they need it most.
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.