Before and after photos show how California wildfire smoke transformed San Francisco into something out of a post-apocalyptic film

Before and after photos show how California wildfire smoke transformed San Francisco into something out of a post-apocalyptic film

September 12, 2020
  • San Francisco's sky turned an ominious orange color earlier week when wildfire smoke blocked the sun.
  • California is currently battling its most destructive wildfire season on record.
  • On September 10, Reuters photographer Stephen Lam set out to photograph five San Francisco destinations that he previously photographed under clear conditions in March.
  • His before and after photos show how the wildfire smoke transformed the city into something out of a post-apocalyptc film.
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BEFORE: Sunrise illuminates Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, seen with the Bay Bridge in the background.

Source: Reuters

AFTER: The same view is completely obscured by smoke from California wildfires.

Source: Reuters

BEFORE: Two pedestrians walk up a hill in Bernal Heights Park at sunrise.

Source: Reuters

AFTER: The houses beyond the hill are no longer visible due to the haze from wildfire smoke.

Source: Reuters

BEFORE: The Golden Gate Bridge appears bright red in this photograph of a visitor standing in front of the park's welcome center.

Source: Reuters

AFTER: The bridge rises like a mirage behind the somber, rust-red welcome center.

Source: Reuters

BEFORE: People look out across San Francisco Bay toward Alcatraz Island from Pier 41.

Source: Reuters

AFTER: Alcatraz and other San Francisco Bay islands are barely visible from Pier 41.

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BEFORE: People line a pathway in Crissy Field in San Francisco's Presidio recreational area.

Source: Reuters

AFTER: The same path through Crissy Field is devoid of foot traffic as smoke blurs the lines between beach, field, and water.

Source: Reuters

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