Twenty fifteen was an especially bad year for wildfire in California and the northwestern United States. The photograph below, from August of that year, was made on the east side of the Sierra Nevada in the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine. What at first glance might pass for early morning fog is really the accumulation of smoke, originating from wildfires on the west side of the Sierra Nevada, rising up and floating over the mountains to the east side of the Sierra Nevada. Crazy, huh? It made a bust of my Highway 395 road trip that year.