An Idyll in the Southern Sierra to a SoCal Hell

We're only talking about 100 miles and 10,000 feet, but my God, the shock I had, going from serenity at Muir Lake to the hell that is Lancaster/Paledale under the plume of the burning of thousands of acres of chaparral. 

Here's what I'm calling Muir Beach at the spectacular (and empty) Muir Lake:

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And here's Palmdale under the plume…yes, that's the sun that the camera is struggling to capture, in this bizarre and frightening lighting…

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Seems like every time I come back to SoCal from vacation, it's on fire…

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