The sky is never the same
I took some photos of the sky yesterday afternoon.
The smoke is the result of burning the sugar cane trash (dry leaves left in the field after harvesting). More than 80% of Australia’s sugar crop of 32 million tonnes is now cut ‘green’ (no more burning of the entire crop due to environmental reasons), so it may be difficult for me to get a picture of a full-blown cane fire this year.
I’m actually kind of glad they don’t have real cane fires anymore (the main reason being we have a big wooden house in close proximity to the fields!) But I remember standing on the back of a truck watching these fires. The reason we had to stand on the back of a truck was because the animals (wild pigs, bandicoots, wallabies, rats and snakes) that lived in the cane fields would shoot out at great speed and you didn’t want to be in their way! I didn’t like seeing animals frightened like this (yes – I’m a complete sook when it comes to animals). Also, my brother-in-law was severely burned in a sugar-cane fire many years ago. He survived with 70% burns to his body, but his companion in the field did not.
The sky changes every second here and it’s something I never get tired of watching.
We had a friend from Europe stay recently. She was overwhelmed and said, you have SO MUCH sky! I thought this was kind of funny because I’ve never thought I had any more sky than anyone else on the earth.
Below is a closer view of one of these trash fires as they call them.
I’ve been trying to take photos of the night sky but have yet to succeed. And if you’re into UFO watching, we also see some very odd lights in the sky on occasion. I’m sure there is a logical explanation…