Landscapes in the Overberg 6

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

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And the ‘heat is on’ again

A ‘veld fire’ is not so easy to distinguish; up to 14 days afterwards it can flare up from underground. That’s what happend here this afternoon 2 days after. Luckily the local fire brigade was on standby (for checking up purposes) on a nearby farm. Now (Friday Feb 1 at almost 6 PM; a few hours after the flames popped up again it looks like this fire is under control for the time being….

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And the 'heat is on' again

A ‘veld fire’ is not so easy to distinguish; up to 14 days afterwards it can flare up from underground. That’s what happend here this afternoon 2 days after. Luckily the local fire brigade was on standby (for checking up purposes) on a nearby farm. Now (Friday Feb 1 at almost 6 PM; a few hours after the flames popped up again it looks like this fire is under control for the time being….

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And again fire…

We can’t even go one day away from this village. There is always something happening. This time the third ‘veld fire’ in a few months time and this time on our side of the village. Luckily for us the wind was in our favor towards the ocean but the fire fighters in this area are making overtime. You have to admire these guys; to put more or less their own life at risk; just to save farms and their crops plus all other properties. We came home late this afternoon and saw the smoke from a distance of 20 km. Most of the fire was at that time under control but I was able to make a few quick shots of the helicopter from our front door….

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'Black and Bleak'; a week after

I’m not an ambulance chaser and neither do I chase police cars and fire-brigades although I’m very much aware that this would enable me to make sensational disaster action pictures. I just waited this time for a week after a devastating fire destroyed 20,000 hectare natural fynbos between Hermanus and our village (Stanford) in the Western Cape, South Africa. This morning I drove to and from Hermanus and took some pictures.

It’s black and bleak.

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‘Black and Bleak’; a week after

I’m not an ambulance chaser and neither do I chase police cars and fire-brigades although I’m very much aware that this would enable me to make sensational disaster action pictures. I just waited this time for a week after a devastating fire destroyed 20,000 hectare natural fynbos between Hermanus and our village (Stanford) in the Western Cape, South Africa. This morning I drove to and from Hermanus and took some pictures.

It’s black and bleak.

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