A diptych (comprised of two individual still images) illustrating the stark differences in climate between two small towns in lower mainland British Columbia, Canada. Images were taken less than 100km apart on the afternoon of July 22, 2022,
Left image: Tree pollen, shaken free by winds from the south-west, create summer flurries under clear blue skies in the lower mainland town of Hope, British Columbia*.
Right image: Less than 100 kilometers to the north, winds fan a wildfire burning near the town of Lytton, British Columbia. Helicopters filled suspended buckets from the Fraser river in efforts to fight the blaze burning just across from Lytton, which has yet to start rebuilding since it was completely destroyed by wildfires in 2021.
*Note: Less than 2 months later in early September 2022, the town of Hope, British Columbia (left image) would be threatened with a fast-moving fire that would trigger an evacuation notice and partial closure of the Trans Canada Highway (Highway 1). British Columbia's Wildfire Service later declared that the increased late-season fire activity had set records for the number of fires detected per week between late-August and mid-October, 2022.
According to the Wildfire Service, the prolonged the fire season was attributed to a combination of higher than normal temperatures, and lower accumulated rainfall.