Photographer Sheryl R. Garrison described her image, taken Thursday afternoon (May 30, 2019) in southern Alberta, Canada, as:
Crepuscular rays fueled by early season forest fires.
Alberta, Canada, has been experiencing a difficult fire season already. The satellite image below is from a day earlier (May 29). The entire province looks as though it is completely engulfed in smoke.
Bottom line: Photo of crepuscular rays in a smoky sky over Alberta, Canada, at the beginning of fire season 2019.
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