We continued our drive south on CA 79 from Julian to Exit 40 of I-8. About midway along the 20-mile section of this highway, we had encountered the smoke from a controlled burn.
At an open section of land along the way, we saw a colorful--if not dramatic--effect of the smoke. The next three photos show a change in the color of the grasses.
Here the smoke's hint of rust and yellow provided a background for the barren branches of several trees.
Several turnouts are already in place along this winding road with its many small hills.
We passed the location of the planned burn, and the colors of the sky and trees appeared in their true, non-polluted form.