On the 7th of February 2009 severe bushfires devastated the Victorian countryside destroying families, homes, whole towns, killing wildlife and lush bush, that day will forever been known as ‘Black Saturday’ the worst natural disaster to hit Victoria, Australia.
“The Black Saturday bushfires, were a series of bushfires that ignited or were burning across the Australian state of Victoria on and around Saturday 7 February 2009 during extreme bushfire-weather conditions, resulting in Australia’s highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. 173 people died as a result of the fires and 414 were injured.
As many as 400 individual fires were recorded on 7 February. Following the events of 7 February 2009, that date has since been referred to as Black Saturday.” [continue reading…]
Springing back to life
Panorama - near Marysville
The bright flames reflecting off the clouds in the night sky
Homes completely whipped out by the fires
Chimney stack, for many houses that was all that was left standing
Once a nice picnic table among the gumtrees
Acres and acres of bush burnt
Little green shoots sprouting out of a blackened Gumtree
Bare and burnt tree trunks
A coiled up Fern tree
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Even though I never came close to enereipxcing any of these things as a kid, my big fears were bush fires, tidal waves and dinosaurs. Over the last few days as the news has gotten worse and worse I keep remembering ‘Jodie’s Journey’ by Colin Thiele, about a girl who survives the Ash Wednesday fires. That combination of fear and comfort, I totally agree.