‘Orange is the new bleak’ — Photos of Berkeley when day became night

The ominous, apocalyptic skies that greeted Berkeleyans today, caused by smoke from the August Complex fires, was captured by many in eerie, almost unbelievable photographs.

“Orange is the new bleak,” quipped the UC Berkeley Library on Twitter at 11:13 a.m., although mercifully by then the dark peach-colored gloom of the early morning was beginning to lighten.

Here are just a few of the photos sent to us by Berkeleyside contributing photographer Pete Rosos, as well as by the many residents who shared images with us, for which we thank you.

7 a.m. Photo: Courtney Trouble
College Avenue at 7:42 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Claremont and Ashby at 7:56 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
The Claremont Hotel at 8:03 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
8:15 a.m. on Lewiston Avenue. Photo: Steven Sherman
The Clark Kerr track at 8:17 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Clark Kerr campus at 8:17 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Fraternity row, 8:28 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
A stadium employee checks their phone at the stadium at 8:40 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
A construction worker on campus at 9:02 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus at 9:04 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Sather Gate at 9:06 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
A woman crosses Bancroft at Telegraph at 9:11 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
A man walks down Telegraph Avenue at 9:17 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
A view west of Berkeley from the top of a parking garage on Telegraph Avenue at 9:18 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
A top a parking garage on Telegraph ave with the Campanile in the background at 9:19 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
A view of the Unit 3 dorms from atop a parking garage at 9:20 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
9:20 a.m. on College Avenue. Photo: Lisa Sibony
Telegraph and Dwight at 9:27 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Outside the Hari Krishna center at 9:38 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Berkeley flats at 9:45 a.m. Photo: Noemie Hansen
9:50 a.m. at UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium. Photo: Jerome Paulos
10 a.m. and the streetlights are still on in South Berkeley. Photo: Sean Rouse
Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside. Email: tracey@citysidejournalism.org.