The Grand Wyo road trip I took with Michaela was in the opposite direction of the road trip Fred and I took earlier in the summer. A common stop was to view the Tetons north of Jackson. The majestic peaks are in this snapshot, but the smoke from the wildfires in Washington state had blown in and shrouded them in a thick haze. The image below was taken at a similar distance on the earlier road trip, a few miles south, on a crystal clear day.

Summers in the West are marked by these starkly opposite views. Since wildfires are part of the circle of life out here, what we see (or can’t see) depends on which way the wind is blowing.