The Bushfires and Sunset on Saturday

Here on the North Coast of New South Wales there are fires in the hinterland and on the tablelands. With current drought conditions, a lack any rain and very strong westerly winds has rendered the bush so dry that any fires have been started have just raced away burning thousands of hectares of bush land as well as in some instances houses and farms. The fact that anyone would light fires in these conditions infuriates me. My place is so dry and as the droughts grip tightens a natural process for eucalypt trees in to drop their leaves creating another layer of dry material and texture on the already dry forest floor. The strong wind has also blown dust from the west. What I thought were clouds on Saturday morning was a combination of dust and smoke which stung the eyes and you could almost taste the dust in the air. The feature photo is what we awoke to. Normally we can see the hills beyond the last line of trees you can see.

These fires combined with dust blown from the farmlands over the range have created amazing sunsets. On Saturday the early part of the afternoon’s sunset the colours in the smoke and dust was amazing almost psychedelic
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The smoke and dust layers colours were just amazing
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The intensity of the sunset even coloured the Blue-faced Honeyeater whose underparts are whiteblue-faced_honeyeater_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Just in case you hadn’t seen a Blue-faced Honeyeaters coloursblue faced honeyeater_home_crop_sept 2013
The sun came from the fires smoke and dust layerssun_sky_cloud_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Two Welcome Swallows sat on the power line for a silhouette in the sunsetwelcome_swallows_sihouettte_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019

The sun, behind the fence posts silhouette, is almost down giving the clouds a dark and foreboding look
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The fierce fiery intensity of the sun going down gave hope for a less eventful day on Sunday
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58 thoughts on “The Bushfires and Sunset on Saturday

  1. While your photos, as always, are stunning, I am heartsick to hear of the conditions you are facing there. Having lived in the plains of Oklahoma AKA “the dust bowl” with several years of drought coupled with the Oklahoma wind and facing wildfires myself, I know exactly what that’s like!

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  2. Beautiful photos, but so sad about the wildfires.
    Here in west TX we have frequent dust storms which makes for lovely sunsets, but yes there is always a fire danger around here because it’s usually so dry.
    Hopefully there will be some rain to help dampen things down for y’all.
    Keep safe.

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  3. Wow, my heart is touched in so many ways by your words and photos. From sorrow and despair to the miracle of your seeing (and sharing) the absolute beauty in what is…what a journey you took me on. And I have fallen in love with the blue-faced honeyeater, a bird I’ve never heard of before. What a name! What spectacular photos! (Can you tell your post has made my day?)

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  4. Fabulous photos but I’m sure you’d prefer not to have the forest fires. I’m now back home which is also tinder dry but having spent the last few weeks in NSW and Queensland, I know how dry it is.

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    1. You’re welcome Miriam πŸ™‚ There have been fires burning for months now as the drought has left the bush very dry. There isn’t rain in the foreseeable future which is the only way the fires shall be contained

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  5. We’ve been in Australia (Tasmania) and Canada during the brushfires. You do a marvelous job of capturing the sense of danger and anxiety here. I love that you document the change in color of the honeyeaters. Very striking, along with your shots of the sunset. Sometimes these small details are the most powerful. Great work, Brian. I hope the fires abate soon.

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  6. Wonderful photos that give a clear picture of the seriousness of the fires. It is very telling that the little bird now has an orange breast. Thank you for putting in the photo of a normal one as I am not familiar with these birds. Great responses to the variety of challenges!

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  7. I recall being in Tahoe when the Yosemite had horrendous fires . . a distance of just over 100miles. The smoke was dreadful even at that distance, but oh the sunrises and sunsets were amazing.

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