It’s 104 in the shade today. I still can’t get used to temperatures like this, particularly at Christmas. The only white Christmas we are likely to have is from the ash bowing in from the bush fires. Sometimes the visibility is down to a few miles as the sun burns through the smoke haze turning everything a yellow-gray color. 1.9 million acres have been blackened in the past few weeks and the prediction is that it will get a lot worse before it gets better.
Interestingly, many of the timber species that are burning, only propagate after a fire. They are there because of previous bush fires and only continue their kind with fresh fires. So whilst it’s sad to see such beautiful forests go up in smoke, it’s nature at work. Unfortunately, because we are attracted to such natural beauty, we build homes where fires will eventually travel. It is a tragedy for those that have done so, but the very beauty that attracts them was caused by fires of past times. Ironical!
-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/