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Rain today … and concern over fires in the USA.

During the past week I’ve heard a few squabbles among the kookaburras and this morning they were fighting for top position on the clothesline! They are such funny characters and as you can see, this kookie is acting quite indignant over being challenged to his top spot!

The rain we have had during the last week has brought the brilliant greens out in the cane fields, so I just had to show you all how luscious the sugar cane is looking just now.

I have been working on a uni assignment today again, but during the afternoon husband asked if I could give him a hand with a few things in the back garden. He didn’t need to twist my arm! So after I had finished writing I grabbed my camera and joined him. He was pruning the tropical pear tree in the orchard, which is right down the bottom of the garden near the rear boundary, so I took a photo of the uninterrupted view of the valley from there.

While I helped with the pruning, I left my camera in the fork of the mango tree, wrapped in a flannelette shirt as there were a few spots of rain about. I had to grab my camera again though to take a photo of this little cutie, perched on the corner fence post, eyeing off the ground for sight of his dinner. (The fence is due to be replaced soon!)

The rain became a tad heavier just as the battery in the chainsaw died, so I headed to the shelter of the bar-be-que area to wait for the shower to pass. It was quite late in the day by that time, but I still managed to catch a photo of the raindrops hitting the pool water in the dimming light.

Over the past few days, my blogging friend, Carol, has been on my mind a lot. She lives in Oregon, near where the horrendous fires in the USA are, and she has been on constant evacuation alert. Carol spoke of the red orb of sun, and I knew what she meant as the sun took on that almost glowing, eerily red appearance during the latter months of last year and early this year in New South Wales, where I live. At that time I wasn’t blogging regularly, so I thought I’d post some photos that I took around that time today.

We lived with this strange yellow sky for about two months during November and December last year. The fires blazed across all of eastern Australia, but by some strange stroke of luck, our area remained safe, even though fires surrounded us for weeks.

This is the sun, taken on the 10th November, 2019. I remember the first day I noticed the change in the appearance of the sun. I was driving home, and I wondered why the moon was so bright, and so big, and in the western sky during the afternoon. It took me a few minutes to realise that it was actually the sun. It sure didn’t look like the sun!

Mount Warning looked hazy, and the sky yellow for weeks. Weeks went by without seeing any blue sky and the sun eventually turned into a glowing red orb. Everything looked so scarily unnatural and surreal.

Looking back on these photos now, they are so unreal that they seem as if they were Photo-shopped! Unfortunately, they are genuine. This is just how the sun looked in December last year.

I am posting these photos today as I don’t image – well, I hope and pray – that we will not have another summer the same as last summer. It was unsettling, to say the least. Complete towns were burned to the ground. During the year though, we have heard that fire trails have been cleared. We have also heard that many Aboriginal people, who understand the benefits of controlled burning to rejuvenate the bush and to prevent bush fires from burning out of control are now being listened to. I don’t know why it took a catastrophic event for the authorities to listen, but at least they are listening now. Also in our favor, we have had rain, after living through drought for most of last year. Also, more rain is predicted.

As for Carol in Oregon, I wish her well, and hope the fires surrounding her are soon under control. Carol can be found at Wanderings of an Elusive Mind. ❤

9 thoughts on “Rain today … and concern over fires in the USA.

  1. I appreciate your thoughts, Joanne. It appears things are heading back to normal in my neighborhood – whatever normal might be these days. I have not been able to find an update for the fire this morning, so I am assuming we’re okay at this end of it. As of yesterday, it had slowed down considerably, growing only about 100 acres since Thursday, and that on the northwest side – comfort for me, here on the south side of it, but not for those to the north. The smoke is heavy – our skies are gray, although I’ve heard from many people in other parts of the state and in California that their skies are that eerie orange. The smoke is thick, so inside is where I shall be today. I think I’ll bake some bread – that’s a comforting thing to do. Again, thank you for your thoughts.

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    1. I’m so happy to hear the worst has past, Carol. I’ve been thinking about you constantly and wondering how you are going. I heard that our blogging friend Cee has been in the fires too! I hope she’s okay now as well. Take care. xx

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  2. Wildfires are a scary thing, and our west coast is facing an unprecedented year of them. On top of everything else going on, this is yet one more thing that is making things extremely challenging. I expect there will be even more people moving from CA, as the population has grown so large that many lives are in danger – evacuating is hard due to the sheer numbers trying to get out. It seems Nature has lost her patience with us. 😦

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    1. That was my thought last summer when we faced the devastation of fires, that nature has had enough. One important point that has been revealed here since last summer is that fire trails have become overgrown since national parks have been closed to controlled burning of scrub-land. So last summer we had the deadly combination of drought, high temperatures, and plenty of fuel on the ground for fire to rage through. Apparently a lot of our fires began with lightning strike, which is a regular occurrence here during summer. I’m hoping enough clearing and controlled burning has been carried out during our winter to avoid a repeat of last year, Eliza.

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  3. Wow! Those are stunning, surreal pictures you took during the wildfires last year. It must have been scary having them so close by. The pictures we see of California, Oregon and Washington look apocalyptic and the air is dangerous to breathe.

    Thank goodness you can enjoy your rainy days with squabbling kookaburras and those brilliant greens out in the cane fields. Lovely pictures, Joanne.

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    1. The fire scenes do appear to be apocalyptic, Barbara. It must be the most frightening event to be in the midst of.
      So far this year has been a drastic contrast weather-wise to last year. I hope the weather is kind to you over there from now on. xx

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