This is an attempt to show what a difference the vog makes here in Hawaii. It's really hard to capture on film, especially if you don't have a "before" picture.
Here's the view from our front door. You may not think anything of it, but there are the Koolau mountains that are supposed to be clearly seen in the background there. Can't see them now, can you? No, the hills you see are very close. Like less than a mile away. That's not what I'm talking about. When this mess clears up I'll try to do another comparison. This is really bad for tourism.
I think the next two pictures show more clearly the difference. The first picture was taken in January, so the vog had started, but not really bad yet. Look at Diamond head, pretty clear, huh?
Now look at Diamond Head. Very hazy. Vog. This was taken yesterday. We got a deep discount on the paddle boat rental - so that was a fun little splurge. Yes, I am that pale. I just don't tan. Plus, I liberally apply SPF 50. Us pasty folks need it. :-)