Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fire

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.

8 comments:

  1. if there is one thing I am really sensitive to and that is fires. I can smell them long before anyone even knows they have started. That is what comes from living in the bush so long, these senses really sharpen up. Have a great weekend.

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  2. terrifying,also captivating. good shot.

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  3. You sure got up close and personal to that fire.....shew!!!

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  4. Fire is a very natural part of the forests here in British Columbia as well. They are part of the cycle of renewal.

    That's a gorgeous photo.

    I have just been catching up on your photos, and the photo of the river at dusk is spectacular!

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  5. Nice shot. I love the fire and it is very much natures friend. The first step in rebirth. I don't have time to comment on all of this week's entries, but a week well done!!!

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  6. I seem to always find it interesting that we humans know that fire is beneficial to nature, and yet we're surprised that wildfires happen and that we cannot control them. Anywho, just something I've always found interesting. I really like the photo, too!

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  7. When i was a kid, we used to have HUGE surgar cane fields. To havrvest them they would burn them. The whole island looked like it was on fire, from all the smoke. ALL the SMOKE was never half as bothersome as ALL the noise we as humans have learned to create. Beautiful picture.. reminds me of the cane fields!

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