Sunday, August 15, 2021

The recent smoke is slowly lifting / So happy just to be alive




PM2.5 concentration in Bellingham air is currently 1 times above WHO exposure recommendation


This morning the sky had cleared enough for me to have my first glimpse of Orion above the mountain to the east.  I look forward to the turning point every year when Orion appears again. There is still smoke in the sky above 3044-foot Stewart mountain which is about 7 miles east of here, but most of the sky has returned to a reassuring blue.  Our astounding faithful sky is at work, clearing itself of smoke.  I don't take this for granted and feel immense gratitude and love for the endlessness that we look out into, beginning with our sky, which reminds me of :

George Harrison realizing something endless within:

"... Try to realize it's all within yourself, no one else can make you change, and to see you're only very small and life flows on within you and without you ...

"... I keep traveling around the bend
There was no beginning, there is no end
It wasn't born and never dies
There are no edges, there is no size
Oh yeah, you just don't win
It's so far out - the way out is in ..."


"... So happy just to be alive on this new morning ..."  (Bob Dylan)


Anonymous said...

So glad the smoke is clearing there. Yay! We're still under gray hazy skies here, but I heard a rumor we may see the sun.
Take care there.

dritanje said...

I'm glad the smoke is clearing. I went to an exhibition the other day, titled The Divine Sky. It truly is. We'd be nothing without it. I'm glad you are safe and well.

Sabine said...

My hope for you all is that there will be no further fires and smoke.