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February 14, 2009

Smoke



Yesterday the smoke started to drift in earnest across Melbourne. Visibility lowered; the sky yellowed. The sun turned an unusual shade of red.

I cannot begin to imagine how horrible it must be where the fires actually burned. The acrid smell. The eye-stinging air. The irritation to the lungs. Day upon day.





13 comments:

  1. It's so surreal and eerie, isn't it? Suit the zombie mood we're all in...

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  2. Your pictures and words are beautiful. My heart goes out to everyone.

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  3. We have the smell of the smoke down here by the beach this morning, a horrible reminder of such a shocking event. It's just so devastating, the enormity of it, very hard to comprehend really....

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  4. It's full on. I've been coughing all night and can't get the taste out of my mouth. It's just brings it home all the more. Like you I can't imagine what it must have been like to be in the depths of it.

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  5. I am sure smelling the smoke must make the reality of what happened hit home a lot quicker.
    I am from South Australia, I stumbled across your blog on a search for eggless royal icing. I was amazed by these eerily beautiful pictures.
    I have been so touched by the strength and generosity of us Aussies, the amount of money we have been able to put together, despite the 'bad' economic times.
    I keep reminding my friends to support the people who are out there helping the animals too.
    And to think someone deliberately lit those fires...

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  6. I thought I'd escaped the smoke, but it's made its way out west today. I can't even go outside, it's just horrible.

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  7. The smoke is awful! I agree..it must have been so horrific to be right in the midst of the fires

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  8. Last night's sun reminded me of Ash Wednesday which was upsetting. And that smell is a constant reminder that there are people still working so hard out there. Haunting yet amazingphotos.

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  9. Great photos that capture the surreal light.

    And yes - the smoke... haunting.

    PS. Thank you SO MUCH for coming to the sewing bee today!!!

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  10. Such beautiful photos from such a horrible cause. :(

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  11. wow, amazing pics, especially the top one.

    it has been surreal... the smell, the light, the energy. everything.

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  12. ooo, you captured that eerie red sky so well. Can you imagine being closer?!

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