The eerie atmosphere of a bushfire

Time for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday

I am sorry for bombarding you with fire stuff but it’s my life at the moment.

I was in town when the atmosphere turned a different shade than I am used to seeing which gave my world an eerie glow.
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Looking across the Clarence River at the Jacaranda trees which usually stand out in the landscape191109_blog_challenge_six_word_saturday_fire_clarence river_grafton_jacaranda_tree
Looking upstream towards the Great Dividing Range where you see mountains. My place is in there somewhere191109_blog_challenge_six_word_saturday_fire_clarence rivert_water

At 12:45pm
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The reflection of the sun on the water which was being whipped up by a very strong wind. There was even small waves on the river191109_blog_challenge_six_word_saturday_fire_sun_reflection_water

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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Contributions for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday
Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Texture
Lens Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes
Ragtag Sunday Infuriate
Ragtag Thursday: Psychedelic

 

The fires smoke darkened the sky

It’s time for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday

Over the weekend the wind blew like the fury and of course there have been fires. Why people are lighting fires when the bush is tinder dry I don’t know. I was driving on my way home from my besties and I could see the smoke in the distance and knew there were fires near where I was heading. I caught up to the Rural Fire Service truck not far from town and followed along behind as he going the speed limit or a bit over.
The smoke ahead was quite thick and covered the horizon190810_blog_challenge_six_word_saturday_fire_smoke
Of course some dickhead decided to overtake me. The closer I got the more the smoke started to cover the landscape. The fire truck put on their flashing lights.190810_blog_challenge_six_word_saturday_fire_smoke2

The day almost became night as the sun was blotted out by the smoke from the fire
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After I was home I found out that that road had been closed due to the heavy smoke from the fire. It is most unusual for so many bushfires at this time of year.

This is the map of where the fires are. I was on the yellow road running down the picture

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