I've posted so many nature picture lately that I thought I'll post something totally different today. I nearly used the word "anti-nature", but although fire is natures biggest enemy in most case, it could also be its friend. One case that comes to mind is 'Fynbos' (also known as the Cape Floral Kingdom). Fynbos consist of about 8500 different plant species but covers the smallest area of the all world's biomes. The seeds of a lot of fynbos species drop down and could lie underground for years waiting for the next fire. When a fire comes it burns down all the old plants and the heat causes the seeds to germinate and grow after the next rains.
This fire was a small veld fire that was burning next to my hotel on my last visit to Johannesburg. I could get nice and close and because it was night it made for a nice pic.