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A bushfire (veldfire) next to the road in Citrusdal valley.

South Africa, February 2002
Canon EOS 300
Fuji Provia 100F

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As an aside and to brighten up a picture that some might see as depressing, I should perhaps note that some plants in this area only germinate when burnt in a fire: they expect regular natural bushfires as part of their lifecycle and the fire effectively brings new life as well as ending it.

Humans today probably cause more fires than would "naturally" (got to be careful with that word) occur though.

A few years back there was a particularly bad series of fires around Cape Town, all conspicuously at the same time, similar to the ones that occured in Australia a year or two later. Some guy was eventually arrested in connection with the fires, apparently he was mentally unwell and started many of the fires secretly for some unknown personal reason.

Don't know what started this fire, probably a carelessly dropped cigarette or something.
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king-pelvis Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2002
The concept of a bushfire is just as abstract to me as a nuclear power plant. I've never seen either. I'm glad you are out there travling so that I don't have to leave the safety of my neighborhood. This also looks like some unreal haunted fantasy-landscape. The blue (filter?) adds to that I think.
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gestik Featured By Owner May 28, 2002
thought this was a tornado for a second...great capture...good desription
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digitalis Featured By Owner May 23, 2002
interesting edit. i knew that about some plants, however, i somehow did not relate that knowedge to your photo.... it only evoked a somber feel. thank you for adding perspective. :) (Smile)
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digitalis Featured By Owner May 23, 2002
what a sad moment on film. :( (Sad) excellent capture though.
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yousei Featured By Owner May 22, 2002

such a nice blue feel to this... yay to brush fires
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ikarikun Featured By Owner May 22, 2002
brush fires aren't cool, but this photo is. i love the smoke on the left side. nice work!

-nick
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