Since 1976 my photo hobby has almost exclusively involved landscapes on black and white film. Living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for thirty-eight years has made that a no brainer. I do my own processing. Deb and I planned to take some photo trips this Summer including Creede, Colorado with it's Wagon Gap and nearby spectacular waterfalls. Another trip was going to be the Black Hills of South Dakota with it's scenic Needles Highway and Badlands N.P.. Those plans will have to be scrapped. It's only mid-June and already the smoke from fifty wildfires here in the West has filled the sky with thick haze. My yellow filters won't even scratch the surface. Fire season has never come this early in the year. I've never been good at people or city photographs. So here I am sitting next to three beautiful Canon and one Pentax SLR that won't get much or any use for the foreseeable future. Sometimes life's just not fair. My heart truly goes out to those who will lose their homes this year. Last year we could see flames from two huge fires by just stepping out the front door.