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 …
Farmers are the large scale landscapers on a global scale. Here in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, more specific in and around our village Stanford, it’s not different to the rest of the world. Every human intervention in nature leaves traces and around here I enjoy the photogenic gems on my way to nowhere; just touring around to shoot. All pictures in this serie of 13 are shot on the morning of Monday 15 july. All pictures are made along the road between Stanford and the borderline with Caledon. I hope you enjoy these daily postings as much as I loves shooting them.
Today: Where there is smoke is fire