In the summers of 2017 and 2018 record breaking forest fires dominated British Columbia with the number of forest fires in 2018 exceeding the 2017 record. One key difference between the two years was the timing of the widespread outbreaks. In 2017 the BC interior was inundated by haze and smoke as of early June while in 2018 the haze and smoke didn't engulf the landscape until late July. Up until then the temperatures were relatively mild with enough moisture to create light conditions that were some of the most interesting I've seen in years.
As satisfying as the early summer was, I retained nagging memories of the year before and each time I filmed I couldn't help but wonder if the other sentient beings in each frame didn't feel the same.
One of the unintended consequences of global warming and wide spread air pollution is the increase of smoke and haze in the atmosphere. This creates what climate scientists refer to as "Global Dimming." Colours and forms that were once so vivid have become increasingly muted as the intricate relationships of light and shadow recede under a grey metallic dome.
Filmed by Kent Tate on location in the interior of British Columbia, Canada between June 7 and July 21 (2 to 8 weeks before the forest fires returned once again).
Scenic views in order of appearance: 1. Herd of horses - Kamloops (07/21/18) 2. Highway maintenance site - Yoho NP (07/12/18) 3. Weather station - Blue River (07/06/18) 4. Active Concrete Plant - Kamloops (06/28/18) 5. Mountains inundated with Pine Beetle - Yoho NP (06/15/18) 6. Deactivated wood chip Mill - Cache Creek (06/07/18) 7. Same wood chip Mill still deactivated later that day - Cache Creek (06/07/18)