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Aug 13, 2012

Where there's smoke...

This is the river valley leading up to the historic gold mining town of Idaho City. The Old Toll Road (right of center) gave transport to around 25,000 people as they headed toward the motherlode.

Under normal conditions, the skyline would be the bluest of blues. Since Idaho has close to 12 wildfires burning, we are inundated with smoke, especially down in the Treasure Valley where, from a distance, the smoky haze resembles fog.

The above photo is pointed toward Boise. I snapped this bright bloom — a type of sunflower — because it seems to offer hope against a troubled sky.