I would say that I am not really a believer of a higher being however there are times when you just have to sit back and think “Is the universe trying to tell me something??”
And this photo was one of those times!!
To give some of my rural friends some situational awareness of the fires, I once again popped up to the top of one of their hills to capture the fires.
Shooting away for about 15 minutes light rain started to fall. I could feel the cool water on my face and all I could think of was “I hope this continues and hits the firefront”.
Turning around the most amazing rainbow appeared, and not only was it amazing cause of the clarity but it was a complete rainbow, and parts were a DOUBLE RAINBOW that seems to look like a shield protecting Canberra.
The left end of the started over the Canberra city just near Black Mountain and ended over the southern suburbs of Canberra, like Banks, Conder and Gordon.
I am not sure about you but for me looking at this, it gave me a sense of protection and with heavy rains forecast to fall across Australia, I think it was a sign from mother nature to say “I’ve got this and everything is going to OK!”
For anyone that doesn’t live in Australia, this country has been under attack from bush fires for almost 3 months.
They have burnt more forests than you could ever believe and as I type they continue to burn and all across the country.
Here in Canberra where I live we have up until the last few weeks have been immune to the rages of this years bush fire season however given that everything is burning around us it was a ticking time bomb.
And it was our turn. The fires have take out most of the Namadgi National Park and have come close the the urban fringes of Canberra.
People all across this country have been out helping others be it through boots on the ground fire protection, donations, supplies, putting people up in houses or emotional support.
Having been one of those people trying to help from afar and feeling very powerless to assist as the fires come closer to Canberra, I like many others put out the offer off assistance.
For me, that takes shape in helping rural landholder mates and others to understand the fires but also be part of their active fire team to defend their properties when and if the fire reaches their boundaries.
The other part of this is to be able to photograph the fire as it moved and shaped around the landscape, allowing them to understand fire moments and when they might be impacted.
In helping these farmers it also gives me exclusive access to view points that most of the public is not allowed as the entire rural south of Canberra has been blocked due to safety concerns.
I have a few different photos of the fires that are happening as I type but I wanted to share this photo with you as it seemed so comforting watching it move and shape its way around the hill that it is hard to remember the death that this fire is bringing to the landscape and the native wildlife.
For the locals this photo was taken the night of the 2rnd of February 2020 from Tharwa facing the fire that was moving on the north side of the fire and into Corin dam.
Talking with the locals that have both lived in the area for many decades and have been in the fire service for many decades they say the risk of this northward moving fire has the potential of moving from the rural landscape into the urban interface and causing loss of houses and property.
Will that come true, who knows but what I can say, sitting back and watching this fire at night and from a distance has given me a new found respect for the fire but also the beauty that it brings, though things like the night fires but also the rejuvenation of life with the bush land after the fire.
Right now the night time allows us to take stock, and look at the positive side before the daylight come where we know so will the destruction of bushfires.
One of the great things I love about shooting sunsets and sunrises is that they are always changing but still the same. They bring their own feeling to the shot and the random formations that the clouds and sun bring is always mesmerizes.
The darkness is so close to the light but everything is still visible and to be able to have such contrast next to each other is truly beautiful and breathtaking……. To think most people don’t even release this is just outside their door or window and all they need to do is to stop and take a few minutes to watch this and I must say, for me seeing this puts life back into perspective.
What will tonight’s sunset bring and are you ready to watch it?
Hey, can you see that…. Yes that my friends is the end of the year fast approaching and boy what a year it has been.
This time of the year can be very stressful for a lot of people for many reasons but let me just say that within ever storm there is light and the sunshine at the other end. So as we get into the silly season do take some time out to think of others. <3
This photo was taken looking over Lake Burley Griffin here in Canberra after a light storm rolled through the area a bit before. It is made up of about 40 individual images to give this final image.
All my images are for sale and can be found on my on-line store and if you want to learn how to take these types of photos I conduct a one-on-one workshop and will be posting up a few workshops over the Christmas break so stay tuned.
Yeah, I know I don’t want to overload you guys with post but WOW….
Look at this sunset!!!!! Fair dinkum it is freaking awesome. Man, I just love this time of year. It is warm but not hot, you can have your doors and windows open and don’t need air conditioning but the best part is are the sunsets. They are truly spectacular!!!!!
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