In the meantime in the Western Cape, South Africa: The Greyton fire as seen from a distance of 90 kilometers in Napier. (this morning at 6:30). When there is a small fire in Cape Town it’s global news but a fire that covers the surface of Cape Town does not even get the attention of regional and national news media… I wonder…
It’s not only California that suffers from fire during the Summer months. It’s Summer here in South Africa and almost no day without a fire in the Western Cape. Recently, for the second time in a month, just outside our village.
The effect of a small domestic fire on its surroundings (2 pictures)
A fire raging tonight West of the village. Snapshot with 300mm Sigma lens (1/5 sec; A 4.5 no tripod) from a distance of about 5 km in the ‘twilight zone’.
The past few weeks a surface with the surface of the Cape Peninsula (Cape Town) went up in flames in the Overberg. It did not get into the national news for the journos/editors in the Mother City seemingly think that South Africa ends at the Hottentots Mountains 50 km East of Cape Town ( 😀 ). News in South Africa is very relative by the way. Good (investigate) journalists who go the extra mile are nowadays a rarity but that’s another story. Anyway I just made a photo-collage of the destructive fires. All property and agricultural crops/livestock saved; thanks to the (local) fire fighters amongst them numerous volunteers; all provided with food and drinks by other local people. In our village a team of 5+ volunteers kept themselves busy buttering bread (etc.) and distributing it to the several spots where the fire fighters were in action. That’s what I call ‘community spirit’. Yes; it’s there in South Africa: people of different walkabouts standing together for a common goal. If only the politicians could follow that example…. 😉
Yesterday I published some snappy shots of the massive fire raging nearby. In the meantime I worked on 5 of these pictures.
But first the 4 I shot when the fire went fully out of control…. Holy Smokey …