This amazing cloud is a giant cloud of smoke from a forest fire near Park City, Utah. It was catching the late afternoon sun, rising in fluffy tiers . There was a fleet of planes dropping retardant on the flames, but they just looked tiny and ineffectual. We stopped and watched, along with many other people. This must be a year for fires.
Nancy Freeman is a native of California who lives now in Washington, DC. A lifelong artist, she paints portraits and other commissions for a living, which keeps her traditional skills tuned and supports her decades-old obsession with computer art, and pastel painting.
She is currently using her 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th computers, but remembers when Dick Tracy had to make do with a two-way wrist radio.