Bushfire Smoke by onewing

Bushfire Smoke

As many of you know the catastrophic fire conditions are sweeping across New South Wales and Queensland at the moment, and although there are no actual fires close to where we live at present we do have fires to the north and south of us.

Yesterday and even today are particularly bad and yesterday morning I walked down to our local beach and marina to take this photo.

You would think this was a hazy misty morning scene whereas it is actually smoke and we were almost choking. Luckily I was able to spend most of the day indoors yesterday, but still had stinging eyes and a sore throat most of the day. I shudder to think how bad conditions must be for people who are in the midst of the fires. Please send some rain.
You're closer than me to the Hunter fires and it's been hazy and smokey here too...clearer today
November 13th, 2019  
Very smokey picture Babs...I agree, I can't imagine being in the fire zone....today here is 30C indoors with the air.con. on.
November 13th, 2019  
Oh no...I'd been reading about this - obviously it's international news and it sounds like it's been horrific. All the best to you.
November 13th, 2019  
Oh my goodness, so sorry to read this... bringing back memories of our years spent on Borneo, when the school closed because of the fires set in Kalimantan by small farmers. Rain and a bit of wind after are your best friend...take care and I hope the situation will improve soon 👍
November 13th, 2019  
It seems to be really bad and out of control. My cousin who lives in Sydney was here on holiday and changed his flight to get back home asap.I hope and pray that it will soon rain and that the fires will be contained. Stay safe.
November 13th, 2019  
Oh Babs, what a ghastly reminder of what's happening, not that you need reminding. Perhaps some time at the fire-front/s would jolt our useless pollies into the reality that a catastrophe is happening outside their Canberra bubble.
November 13th, 2019  
So smoky, the fire is reported here, I hope it is under control soon.
November 13th, 2019  
@golftragic I doubt that any of our pollies actually believe in global warming and I feel it is rather too late now to do anything about it. People have been saying for years what is going to happen and it has fallen on deaf ears. Do you really think a catastrophe like this will change their thinking? over 10,000 sq km of land has been destroyed so far in the latest bushfires.
November 13th, 2019  
I have many photos of this kind, it's just breaking my heart as we have been saying this would happen for so many years ... now here it is. well photographed
November 13th, 2019  
@onewing I agree that far too many of these pollies seem to be living in some imagined past time, and also fear that it's far too late to avoid serious global warming. Last week or maybe a few weeks ago, I heard on either RN or the ABCTV that if we stopped all Oz emissions today, in three days time China's emissions would've wiped out that small contribution. We all must stop digging (and using) coal except for something very specialised, full stop. And if that means a huge hit to all sorts of things we softies are used to nowadays so be it. I'd like my grandies to have a decent life.
November 13th, 2019  
Its like that up here on the sunshine coast too Babs. Do hope they are able to put them out soon. Heard over the radio there are 60 fires alone in Qld
November 13th, 2019  
bep
So sorry to read this. I hope it is under control soon.
November 13th, 2019  
Thinking of you all over there in the midst of this terrible tragedy! We are seeing it on the TV and it is so scary for you all. Stay safe dear friends! @golftragic @koalagardens @777margo @annied praying for rain - I wish I could send over the excessive rain we are having in the UK causing floods! We are destroying our world!
November 13th, 2019  
So sad to hear of these terrible fires. Hoping you all stay safe
November 13th, 2019  
These fires .terrible.so scary and out on control.can not imagine how it must be. Stay safe xx
November 13th, 2019  
I am thinking about you also much Babs....I saw a documentary a week or two ago about the dreadful fires in California & the burning of the town of Paradise, just heartbreaking & simply terrifying. Hope they get them under control soon. Prayers for your firefighters too.....saw on the news that firefighters from here in NZ are in attendance too. Stay safe. The world has gone mad...fires & in the UK dreadful flooding!
November 13th, 2019  
I've been following @koalagardens and it's been on our news and breaks my heart, all the conservation work, bushland and lives affected
November 13th, 2019  
Interesting capture Babs such worrying times for all those affected, my nieces husband has a crop spraying business in North Queensland and is currently flying one of the water bombing aircraft, lets pray all come through safe and sound:)
November 13th, 2019  
We’ve had quite a bit of smoke here in Sydney but nowhere near as much as up there where you are. The fires are terrible
November 13th, 2019  
That looks miserable. Hope they get it under control soon.
November 13th, 2019  
A photo that tells the sad tale. 😢
November 13th, 2019  
Oh Babs, that is horrid. What difficult conditions to have the smoke even if the fire is not close enough to trouble your home. I will pray you get some rain soon!
November 13th, 2019  
It sounds terrible. Let's hope it resolves soon.
November 13th, 2019  
So terrible, we follow it on the news every day.
November 13th, 2019  
Not only the smoke but I assume the acrid smell of the smoke Following tour daily news over here in the UK ! Hope things will soon abate .A great scene to to remind us what it is like for you !
November 13th, 2019  
Fires cause so much damage, smoke...Take care.
November 13th, 2019  
Great capture but so sad to here. It sounds devastating I hope they will be able to clear it up soon..
November 13th, 2019  
Gosh yes, hazy.
November 13th, 2019  
the single seagull
November 13th, 2019  
Great capture. Hope the dreadful fires will be soon be out
November 13th, 2019  
Sad to see the smoke and it's effect. We had the opposite problem in parts of Yorkshire last week. I'm sure the people of Mexborough would have been happy to send you some of last week's rain. They were badly affected, with almost all roads into and out of the town flooded.

Ian
November 13th, 2019  
It seems impossible that the people running our country can just keep saying that it's all not due to Climate Change - and expect the population to believe them!!
November 13th, 2019  
@ludwigsdiana Yes it is a scary time for everyone at the moment. Would you believe that during a total fire ban and warnings of catastrophic conditions across Australia, they had a firework display last night in Sydney. The world is going mad.

@koalagardens Indeed, most rational people know that global warming is a reality, just some of our pollies can't see it somehow. I keep checking your area is fire free and thankful the fires haven't reached you.

@pamknowler I follow all of the people you mention and glad they are all safe.

@30pics4jackiesdiamond I follow @koalagardens too and can imagine how difficult it must be for her at present. To have to deal with fire is bad enough but when you have koalas and other wildlife to think of it must be horrendous. So many possums, koalas and other wildlife have been injured in the fires, it is heartbreaking.

@happypat Thanks Pat, indeed the world has gone mad. My brother in law is supposed to be driving down here on Saturday from Queensland, I do hope he manages to get through.

@happysnaps cooler here today but still smoky. I think it will clear as the day goes on though.

@pcoulson Hope your relatives stay safe.

@casablanca I pray for rain too. We did have three days of rain at the beginning of October, but in the last 6 weeks only 5 mm, not a lot is it. No sign of rain at the moment though.

@fishers Thanks Ian. I was born in Mexborough would love to have some of their floods here at the moment.
November 13th, 2019  
We do see lots of news on the tv here about the fires. It is heartbreaking. Hope they get it under control soon.
November 13th, 2019  
Seen it on the news. So sorry and pitty. Thoughts and pray`s for the victems
November 13th, 2019  
Oh dear — how sad
November 13th, 2019  
Along with the humans that are suffering, I always feel for the animals and birds as well who are trying to breath in such smokey conditions. Oh, that rain would fall for you. (Thank you for the comment and fav shared on my pic of the brown leather coat and leaves.)
November 13th, 2019  
I think of you and the folks out in California quite often and pray that the danger will pass quickly. It's devastating to be sure but I'm also reminded that nature has a way of surprising us when I think of what was destroyed by Mt.Saint Helen when it erupted and how quickly plants and trees started regrowing. True that was not caused by human input and we should be more mindful and diligent to take care of this planet, but hopefully nature will surprise us once again when the fires come to a stop. Till then I shall be praying rain comes your way soon.
November 13th, 2019  
Thank you Babs for the follow, will follow back.
I spent some time a few minutes ago reading most of your comments.

Yes, I thought it was a lovely hazy morning. I feel so sorry for all the people who live in the fire zones. I wish I could send you some snow as the rainy season, and we had lots of rain and floods, is over. please, stay safe. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
November 14th, 2019  
That smoke is quite thick and a tragedy for certain. stay safe
November 14th, 2019  
@olivetreeann @bruni @rontu Thanks, it was very smoky again this morning, but it has cleared now. I took a photo at 8 am today and will post it in a few minutes.
November 14th, 2019  
@pamknowler We're sure wrecking the place Pam. Thank you very much for your sympathy and moral support.
November 14th, 2019  
So sad news. We all Earthlings destroyed this planet. Money is the most important determinant. Nothing else matters. I think the red line is already crossed.
November 14th, 2019  
Terrible fires. The air quality reminds me of what California has been going through. Stay safe and indoors when you can. Let it rain...
November 14th, 2019  
@onewing

Babs, I mentioned Mexborough because I knew you were from there. They were badly affected by the floods at the end of last week, and it took several days for the main road towards Swinton to become dry. It's raining heavily again today, so they may get more flooding in the next couple of days.

Ian

Ian
November 14th, 2019  
Babs, I'm relieved you are safe. What an absolutely tragic and needless loss; it really stirs something inside me.....it might have been prevented. Thanks for showing me some harsh reality, and for enduring all you did you bring it to me. Praying for safety of firefighters, and RAIN. Take good care now, Les
November 15th, 2019  
Such a tragedy. I have another friend who lived in Paradise USA too. She lost her home last year and still hasn't got anything sorted out. How sad this all is.
November 16th, 2019  
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