Red sun in a smoldering sky

There has been a 12,000 acre brush fire my first day here in L.A. Half the sky is a clear bright robin’s egg blue, the other half an ominously smoldering ochre.

Here is a photo I took today from my friend’s car:

The red sun hangs high in the brooding summer sky, shining through the smoldering ash like a drop of fresh blood:

On such a day, I am glad I do not believe in omens.

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