This trip came out of a conversation about bush fires. After chatting about some of the fires we’ve had over the past few years, the conversation moved to the bushfire that was burning about 30 minutes down the road. From there, it didn’t take long for us to realise that we might be missing a photo opportunity.

We knew that we wouldn’t be able to get too close to the fires but I was more interested in a wide view of the burnt landscape anyway. We scouted out a small hill then climbed to the top of it to try and capture the landscape. I was blown away by what I saw. I’ve seen a bushfire up really close (200m) but seeing one burning away an entire hillside was a different experience altogether.

Here’s a panoramic photo of the view that met my eyes:

There was also a number of aircraft and helicopters all flying around with huge buckets of water. They were all flying into the town (which was about 100m behind me) to refill before heading back out to the fiery battle ground.

Here’s a photo of one of the helicopters that was attending to the bushfire: