A Day In 2020

Photos I took of the Richmond District in San Francisco, California, during the wildfire crisis.

California has been covered in smoke for the last 3 weeks now, fires have been burning in literally every direction around my home in San Francisco, California. I’ve been wearing my mask not just for COVID but now, also for smoke pollution. It’s unfortunately, something we are getting used to out here.

The skies have been consistently gray and the sun red, but today’s environment was especially apocalyptic. I woke up around 8:45AM to a glowing orange light, burning through my blinds like a hot ember. I was so disoriented, it looked like it was 4am, but with an intensely overdone, orange filter.

9:00 AM – Wednesday, 9/20

The air was surprisingly clear however, unlike past mornings where I’ve woken up weezing. Apparently, a layer of cool air from the ocean has swept over the Bay, preventing the smoke from sinking to our habitated level, keeping the air relatively clear, leaving only the haunting glow.

According to ABC7 News, on Wednesday morning, the wind shifted, now bringing ash from the rapidly growing Bear Fire near Chico down over the Bay Area.

The marine layer is a stable area of air that does not rise, and so we’re continually pumping in cleaner air from over the ocean,” ABC7 News Meteorologist Mike Nicco explains.

So, I abandoned my normal morning routine of waking up promptly at 9AM, then falling back asleep for another hour, to grab my camera and document this hauntingly, beautiful sight. My girlfriend Gaby and I, later took a drive to explore the surrounding areas in SF and take some photos with my Nikon.

None of these photos have been edited in any way.

The Richmond District

View of my backyard

Lands End

A family enjoying a day on Mars, together.
My girlfriend Gaby, looking angelic against a nightmarish backdrop.

Golden Gate Park

“Portals of the Past”

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The fires have devastated the landscape of California, its residents and wildlife. There’s more going on right now than anyone could ever handle, if you have the means to, do what you can or give what you can. Aid is desperately needed, and times like these are when we need to support one another most.

I know things are bad right now, remember to take the time to take care of yourself. When I look at the world outside of my house, it’s chaotic and scary. When I look inside, I see comfort, safety and people that love me. We’re in this together, hang in there, better days are ahead.

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Please Stay Safe

  • Avoid camping
  • Stay indoors, AQI is still high. COVID-19 is still here.
  • Hydrate, meditate, relax. Take care of yourself.

Don’t Forget

  • Breonna Taylor’s murderers STILL HAVE NOT BEEN ARRESTED – sign the petition here.
  • COVID-19 is STILL HERE, please wear a mask when you go out.
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