Returning from Adelaide River via the Stuart Highway I noticed and chased a bush fire which was still burning at great rate across a very dry country side.

It was an intensely hot blaze, scouring the landscape as the wind pushed it along. It had started at the side of the Stuart Highway, and taken off on its path of destruction North West from there.

I drove down a track that went into the burnt country and watched the desert like landscape appear before me, void of life, with even the strongest of trees struggling to survive the inferno.

Driving down a narrow side track, I witnessed this surreal effect created by the light being filtered through the thick black smoke. The tall White Gum, towering above the landscape, did not escape unscathed, however still managed to stand proudly, defying the odds and exuding life.

The beauty of the landscape in this image is undeniably provoking; my personal feelings are that the amount of burning off over the Top End is somewhat excessive and incredibly detrimental to our unique and fragile ecosystems. Damaging to all aspects of life, flora, fauna and the landscape as a whole. Destroying forever the homes, food sources, and even the lives of small reptiles and other sensitive fauna. Put fire, cane toads and cats together and out native wildlife is really in for a torrid time.

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Paul's Bushfire Photography Tip

Smoke and sun can give an amazing light that no computer can ever recreate. Next time you are near a fire, wait for the sun to get lower in the sky, position it behind you and walk around watching the colours change as you move the position of the sun from one shoulder behind your back to the other shoulder.