Sunday, 29 December 2019

Bushfires


Bushfire chronology pole, National Museum of Australia, Canberra. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

This year the bushfires in Australia have been horrendous. The worst anyone can remember, in terms of amount of area burnt, the length of time fires have burnt, the pall of smoke overhanging seemingly everywhere, the unusually early start to the fire season and the extreme dryness of the country.

Bushfire sign, National Museum of Australia, Canberra. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Bushfires have been a part of Australian country life since white colonial settlement began. Now it's a part of urban life too, and that's a whole lot more people to point the finger at the current climate change denying government.

Fire danger chart, National Museum of Australia, Canberra. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

The National Museum of Australia has a small section dedicated to bushfires and I've included some photos from their display in this blog post. 

We've written about bushfires before:

Bushfires

Canberra Recovers

The Tathra Pub

Going  Bush


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2 comments:

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Aren't they are the largest coal miners these days with over 400 million tonnes exported last year... Pretty bad and one could say self inflicted!! Bushfires are not good though Elizabeth s relation suffered with the 67 fires in Tassie...

Susan said...

Yes probably. The whole economy of Australia is based on mining. Incredibly short-termist. The government is completely in the pocket of the mining companies and thus committed climate change deniers. I think one of the good things that will come out of these fires is that Australians at last have woken up that things are not alright. Fires are terrifying. My family lost 3 houses in 1969 to bushfires.

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