The first week of August lightning ignited a fire in the Great Dismal Swamp that has been burning peat underground. The swamp is at least 40 miles south but when the wind blows from the south it quickly turns everything hazy. Peat fires are difficult to extinguish so this may take awhile. It's not terribly offensive but it does burn your eyes and throat after being out in it for awhile.
A couple of things have been exciting this week. The first is the Cereus buds. This is a new plant for me that I purchased at a plant sale in April--I didn't think it would bloom the first year. One night this week I'll be up taking pictures I hope.