Photo Essay: Wildfire Smoke

JOSH KAHEN/Staff

On Wednesday, California residents woke up to their cities enveloped in a dark, orange-red sky, thick with particles of smoke. Though the orange-red hue morphed into a heavy, pale smog later in the day, the atmosphere demonstrated just how alarming climate change is.

In the apocalyptic, orangish light that foreshadowed our bleak future, The Daily Californian’s photojournalists, scattered across Berkeley, captured the moments of that day in all of its sepia-filter shock.

The images stand as visual omens and reminders of future normalities, and they serve as an archive for remembering 2020 — a year that represents our generation’s truly unprecedented times.

JOSH KAHEN/STAFF

JOSH KAHEN/STAFF

LISI LUDWIG/STAFF

LISI LUDWIG/STAFF

GISSELLE REYES/STAFF

GISSELLE REYES/STAFF

CELINE BELLEGARDA/FILE

CELINE BELLEGARDA/FILE

CELINE BELLEGARDA/STAFF

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