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July 9, 2014 / diannegray

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.

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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.

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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…

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  1. Theo Fenraven / Jul 9 2014 6:54 am

    Nice pics. I especially like the last one. I’ve been told my area is good for viewing UFOs too, but as yet, I haven’t seen one. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 7:22 am

      Thanks so much for suggesting I post afternoon shots, Theo. I got my camera out yesterday after I read your post.

      I’ve seen some amazing things in the night sky here, but still unsure of what they really are. Their maneuvers defy anything I’ve ever seen…

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      • Theo Fenraven / Jul 10 2014 1:37 pm

        Interesting… and a little unnerving. 😉

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  2. John / Jul 9 2014 7:24 am

    Those fires won’t hurt the Earth… 😉

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 9:57 am

      They certainly add glorious colours to the sky 😉

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  3. Andrea Stephenson / Jul 9 2014 7:39 am

    And I was just thinking, wow, what a biiiig sky! Well, I am European after all! Breath-taking.

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  4. Ruth Rainwater / Jul 9 2014 8:15 am

    It’s a scientific fact that UFOs are best viewed during drinking hours.

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 10:06 am

      LOL! Love it! However, given the disturbing news reports recently about Australia rising to the top of the list of illegal drug use we may have to change that to the ‘smoking hours’ 😉

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  5. Jill Weatherholt / Jul 9 2014 8:23 am

    Wow! Your pictures are incredible, Dianne! I’m relieved to hear the fires aren’t close to your home. Your sky is big…it reminds me of the sky in Arizona, everything looks so expansive.
    Maybe some critters (non-dangerous) will take refuge at your house. If so, take some pictures! I’m having withdraws! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 10:08 am

      I’ll be looking around for critters during the season, Jill – they’re bound to head this way when they hear about my reputation 😉

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  6. Yolanda M. / Jul 9 2014 8:40 am

    Beautiful pics Dianne 🙂 Sky watching is one of my favourite things to do as is trying to identify the various constellations at night (hopeless at it but will keep going until I can see what I’m apparently supposed to see). Unfortunately we don’t get to see many stars here in Vancouver because there are almost always clouds overhead 😀 Your skies remind me of South Africa where everything is equally expansive It was while watching the stars one night years ago that I saw a strange object make some truly spectacular moves…you should try and catch them on video.

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 10:15 am

      Yolanda, I’m not sure why your comment was put into moderation. That’s weird and I might blame the aliens (lol) 😉

      I absolutely love sky watching at night and that’s probably why I get to see weird things. I’ve tried to film some of the oddities, but when I play them back they’re indistinguishable from stars, headlights, city lights, etc 😦

      I can tell some of the constellations, but I’m certainly no expert. But the sky is big and very clear here and tends to be overwhelming at times. It’s a shame I’ve become so used to it xxxx

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  7. Kourtney Heintz / Jul 9 2014 8:43 am

    Beautiful sky photos. I’d feel the same way if I saw the poor animals freaked and trying to escape the cane fires.

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 10:17 am

      Some of them are cute, and some not so cute, Kourtney! But I don’t like to see them suffer so I’m glad they don’t burn anymore.

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  8. Photos With Finesse / Jul 9 2014 8:55 am

    Lovely skies & smoke. I didn’t understand ‘Big Sky Country’ (Montana’s moniker) until I lived in the UK for 4 years. I don’t know if it’s because everything is packed in so tightly you can’t see to long distant horizons, but the sky feels ‘low’. I came home appreciating Alberta’s big skies even more. I’m not a fan of fires – don’t mind the smoke hazes and cool skies they can produce, or campfires, but they can be so devastating to anything in their path – including the wildlife. That said, they can also be incredibly beautiful as they grow back.

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 10:26 am

      Big Sky Country is a great name for Montana. I’ve never been there but I could imagine it would similar to Australia with the wide open spaces. Even when I lived in the city (in Australia) they sky didn’t seem to be as big because there are lights and tall buildings.

      I don’t particularly mind fires as long as they’re controlled (I’ve been in a bush fire and that wasn’t good at all).

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  9. JackieP / Jul 9 2014 9:27 am

    Well, I have seen some strange stuff in Texas’s big night skies too Dianne, when I lived there. UFO? I have no idea, but I am a believer that we can’t be the only ones in this huge universe. I love your pictures, but yeah, I’m a sucker for the wildlife too. Poor things.

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 10:29 am

      Who knows what these lights are that dash around the skies at night, Jackie. I certainly don’t think we’re the only ones in the universe but the the lights could be anything – some of them seem to do things I wouldn’t consider ‘natural’, but I’m no physicist 😉

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  10. nrhatch / Jul 9 2014 9:45 am

    Great share, Dianne. Living in “Big Sky Country” is great ~ we have a fair amount of sky here, but we had tons of sky when we lived on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay.

    I just finished a novel (Let Sleeping Gods Lie) set in the cane fields of Australia ~ it touched upon the wild animals racing away from a wild fire that got out of control. I felt bad for them. It also touched upon the fanatics who put their religious beliefs above all else. Scary!

    Oh, wait, I’m preaching to the choir. 😎

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 10:36 am

      LOL! I absolutely love your comments, Nancy.

      I’m so glad you finished the book. A lot of it does reflect life here (yes – the animals running from the fire and the GUTS ministry – lol). I actually had far more information in there about the crocodile because I was working at a crocodile farm when I wrote the book, but I ended up cutting it out because those were the days when I listened to silly editors!

      I’m so glad you live in Big Sky Country – it’s the best! 😀

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  11. Carrie Rubin / Jul 9 2014 10:09 am

    Based on those pictures, you DO seem to have more sky! Lovely. But so sorry to hear about your brother-in-law’s burns. What a torturous recovery that must have been for him.

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 10:41 am

      It was a long and horrendous time for all (especially him). He’s quite badly scarred on the legs, body and arms (face is fine) but takes everything in his stride. When he recovered and returned home he run over by a tracker (reversing) that broke both his legs but that’s a story for another day. I thought I was the most accident prone person in the world until I met him! 😉

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  12. ramblingsfromamum / Jul 9 2014 10:25 am

    More sky? Perhaps because you don’t have unsightly buildings blocking it. Beautiful shots, so sorry about your BIL and his companion. I can imagine how frightening it must be, when these are lit and the animals of any description trying to out run from it also. xxx

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 10:47 am

      Cane fires are very dangerous indeed, Jen. I don’t know how many have been killed over the years – but the first thing I was told when I came here was “during the Season, never walk into unburned cane” (I guess its the same in a bushfire – if you can somehow make your way to an area that is already burned, you’re a lot safer).

      You’re right about the buildings. I’ve lived in cities and you don’t get nearly as much sky because of the city lights and buildings.

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  13. Colline / Jul 9 2014 10:28 am

    Beautiful skies. You are lucky to be able to see them everyday.

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 10:48 am

      I just love (and really appreciate) this place, Colline 😀

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  14. Pagadan / Jul 9 2014 10:53 am

    I love the pictures! We don’t have much sky here in the city because of all the trees (old neighborhood).

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 11:45 am

      I lived in one of those neighborhoods before I came here, Joy. They are beautiful in their own right with lovely old trees growing everywhere. I’m so glad you like the pictures 😀

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  15. Polysyllabic Profundities / Jul 9 2014 10:55 am

    What beautiful pictures! I love watching the clouds change into so many pictures. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 11:50 am

      We have a little game here we play in the afternoons (this is country-style boredom!) where we search for cloud pictures – some of them are quite weird (monkeys juggling, snails running, lol) 😉

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  16. EllaDee / Jul 9 2014 11:24 am

    I you ever [truly] tire of renovating, or writing you can always venture into photography or just add it to your repertoire – those images are stunning 🙂
    It’s that time of year, in many parts of Australia, when burns are done safely & deliberately and the wildlife at least has time to get away unlike in bushfire season.
    I haven’t seen UFO’s at TA (under the influence or otherwise) but I have seen inexplicable behaving lights over the coast early mornings when I commuted from the Central Coast to Sydney – They are out there 😉

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 12:03 pm

      Thank you so much for complimenting me on my photography. I’m still in the learning stages and would love to be able to mix it with the best of them! I got the camera about a year and a half ago for my birthday and didn’t use it for six months because I wasn’t sure how to. Now you can’t get it off me 😉

      Back burning is a great idea – I was in a bush fire a few years back and it’s not a nice situation to be in.

      “Inexplicable behaving lights” is a great way to put it 😉 You’ll see them at TA one day, I’m sure. The country is great for seeing a load of weird things in the night sky 😀

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  17. Sheila Morris / Jul 9 2014 11:33 am

    Truly beautiful pictures, Dianne! Your friend was right – you have a lot of sky, and I like that expansive feeling. It’s the same feeling I always have in Texas. I’m saying a final farewell to the house on Worsham Street next week – we close on the sale of the house that was part of my life for the last four years and I have mixed feelings. Today the old Dodge Dakota died on me on a major street in Columbia, and it’s probably going to be too much money to repair it so that’s another remnant of my Texas country living that bites the dust. Enjoy your land and your sky every day – and keep taking pictures! And keep writing!! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 12:09 pm

      Oh, Sheila – I didn’t know you were leaving Worsham Street. Where will you go? Sorry to hear about the Dodge, the timing is horrendous! 😦

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      • Sheila Morris / Jul 10 2014 12:46 pm

        We have moved lock stock and barrel into Casa de Canterbury in South Carolina. So the old woman Slow and Pretty and Red and Chelsea and Spike are all under one roof again, but it’s crowded!! 🙂 Old Dodge Dakota will cost $3,900 to rebuild engine so not sure what we’ll do…not worth more than that at this point, but I hate to let it go. Silly…an attachment to a truck.

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  18. Jacqui Murray / Jul 9 2014 12:14 pm

    You probably see stars at night, too. Out here in California, it barely gets dark anymore.

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 12:44 pm

      There are loads of stars at night. I can see the International Space Station go past regularly as well (I hope it’s the International Space Station!) 😯

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  19. jannatwrites / Jul 9 2014 12:48 pm

    Of course there’s an explanation for the nighttime lights: aliens are attracted to cane fires 🙂

    There’s a huge difference between city and not… some months after we moved, during a visit to my parents, I had to take the kids to the store. It was eight o’clock and the sun had set a couple hours before, but my older son noted how it seemed so light out. It did. It’s pitch black after sunset where we live now and it’s great (um, unless we have to go outside without a flashlight!)

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 1:17 pm

      It’s pitch black here as well, Janna. When people visit from the city they say ‘it’s SO dark out there’ lol. No city lights makes the blackest of black nights (hey – that rhymes!)

      Maybe the aliens are attracted to the cane fires! 😉 I wish they’d make crop circles in my yard so I can see how they do it 🙂

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  20. dearanonymousfriend / Jul 9 2014 1:34 pm

    What a fascinating post, and the pictures are beautiful. Thank you .

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 3:01 pm

      Thank you for dropping in, DAF! I’m so glad you like the pics 😀

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  21. bulldog / Jul 9 2014 1:52 pm

    I hope for your sake those odd lights have an explanation, or your next book will be one of those “When I was abducted” ones… do you keep a look out for the ISS (international space station) when it passes over head.?? I get notification of the best sightings sent direct from the NASA sight… even in the city when this bird buzzes over head at great speed it is a sight to see… being the third brightest light in the sky, it often looks like a UFO passing overhead in search of a pretty woman to abduct…
    When we lived in natal I loved the cane burning, that sweet sugary smell was something I enjoyed, but like you I hated the fact so many animals and snakes met their end in these fires…

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2014 3:27 pm

      I do see the ISS pass by, Rob. It’s amazing to watch! 😀

      I also see other satellites and have heard that the ‘normal ones’ go west to east and the ‘military ones’ go south to north (but I don’t know how much truth is in this).

      Don’t you worry – if I get abducted I’ll be the first to start taking pics and writing blog posts about it! 😉

      I totally agree that the cane burning sets off a fantastic smell! 😀

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  22. Daphne Shadows / Jul 9 2014 2:03 pm

    Wow. I am BLOWN AWAY. Those photos are so beautiful. Like, you should be getting paid for taking them.

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 6:52 am

      Thank you, Daphne! What a fantastic compliment 😀

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  23. Amy Reese / Jul 9 2014 2:12 pm

    Cool! Great pics, Dianne. I always feel that Nevada has big sky when I’m there. Bigger than California. I think I know that big sky feeling. Ooh, mysterious lights, huh? Oh, press the record button! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 6:54 am

      I haven’t been to the US, but I could imagine those Big Sky places are very similar here. I’ve tried to record some weird light activity, but they usually just end up looking like weird lights with no form to them (LOL) 😀

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  24. Janna G. Noelle / Jul 9 2014 3:42 pm

    Beautiful sky, Dianne, and beautiful pictures. Number 2 is my favourite. That is wild about the fires (no pun intended). It’s probably good they don’t do that anymore. Those poor animals and your poor brother-in-law, and his poor companion. No point it burning the cane if it can be more safely harvested green.

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 6:58 am

      Harvesting green is a much safer option, Janna. Some people are worried that not burning will bring back diseases that people rarely get these days (from the rats), but I guess there are risks in everything to do with farming and harvesting.

      I’m so glad you like my sky 😀

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  25. Roy McCarthy / Jul 9 2014 5:30 pm

    Dianne I bet your night sky is magnificent, away from the city lights. Is it generally silent as well or do you get various animal & bird noises in the small hours?

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 7:01 am

      It’s very quiet at night, Roy. The only night birds that can cause a real commotion are the curlews – they scream like babies (or train whistles) and that can be very unnerving. There was one around last night and I wanted to catch it’s call on tape so I could put it here, but the State of Origin football was on and there was no way I was going to tear myself away from that! 😀

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  26. Gallivanta / Jul 9 2014 6:13 pm

    Beautiful views but I would still be worried about fire no matter how far away it appeared. 😦

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 7:04 am

      I’m not good with fire either. My son is a fireman and I constantly worry about him. I’ve lived in places (further south from here) where there have been bush fires and I’d never want to go through that again 😦

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      • Gallivanta / Jul 10 2014 10:52 am

        I suppose your son makes sure you are fire safe; that could be handy. 😉

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  27. Rebecca Bradley / Jul 9 2014 9:24 pm

    Great photos. I’m sorry to hear about your brother and the loss of his friend though. It sounds so fascinating, especially having to stand out of the way of the poor animals.

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 7:11 am

      Cane fires seem crazy at the time because there is so much going on, but they’re usually very well organised and orchestrated. My brother in law and his companion were caught in a sudden wind change which was totally unpredictable. The fire lifted and curled over like a really high wave across the cane and then crashed down into the next paddock where they were standing. It was an awful and unavoidable tragedy.

      I’m really glad you like the photos. It’s like looking out at a postcard! 😀

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      • Rebecca Bradley / Jul 10 2014 11:20 am

        I imagine they have to be well organised because of the fact that fire is being used. It seems a different world sitting here in my house on a street in a village with nothing like that happening. I hope your brother in law is ok in his life now, though I know that’s a huge % burn.

        I love reading your blog Dianne and seeing your photographs. Thank you for sharing.

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  28. mcwoman / Jul 10 2014 12:44 am

    I would love to visit Australia, but realistically, I don’t think I’ll make it. Thank you for sharing your wonderful part of the world with me. Love and Hugs. Barb

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 7:12 am

      Thank you so much, Barb. Love and hugs to you too, my friend xxxx

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  29. ocdreader / Jul 10 2014 1:04 am

    Absolutely stunning! I am glad they don’t burn the cane like that, I feel bad for the animals and people who have to breathe it in (or get accidentally burned all over their entire body!) sheesh.
    Gorgeous sky picks. love it.

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 7:16 am

      Breathing it in has been a problem. With more people moving into farming areas there were more cases of asthma from the smoke. Yeah – getting burned wouldn’t be my idea of a fun time – yikes I’m terrified of fire! 😦

      I’m so glad you like the pics! 😀

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  30. Britt Skrabanek / Jul 10 2014 1:16 am

    Look at that big ass sky! Okay, I started having horrible flashbacks to growing up with Southern California wildfires. With all of the droughts there, fires are an annual occurrence, especially if some knucklehead started one by accident—with a cigarette or illegal campfire—or on purpose to terrorize people in the valley. Being evacuated from your home is never a fun thing!

    Like you, I feel terrible for the animals who were fleeing! And, such a tragic story about your brother-in-law. Good grief! : (

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 7:19 am

      I’ve also been caught in those wildfires when I lived down south, Britt. What a terrifying experience it is!

      I love your “big ass sky” comment! (it reminded me of a DVD hubby got last weekend called Big Ass Spider. I said’ what the hell is this about?’ He said, ‘it’s about a Big Ass Spider silly.’ (LOL) 😀

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      • Britt Skrabanek / Jul 10 2014 7:39 am

        Think I’ll skip on that “Big Ass Spider” DVD…ew!!! : )

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      • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 8:38 am

        LOL – it actually ended up being quite funny 😉

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  31. ripe red berries / Jul 10 2014 2:17 am

    Great photos!! Poor little critters…and your brother! My goodness, I was glad to hear he was ok despite being so badly burned! Wow.

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 7:23 am

      He has a lot of scars (none on his face thank goodness), but he is really good now. And I really do feel for those poor animals – they panic in fires (like I would!) and can even injure themselves trying to escape.

      I’m so glad you like the photos. It’s such a stunning area to live in 😀

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  32. char / Jul 10 2014 3:56 am

    I love those sky pics. I never tire of seeing the changing sky. Living in the western US gives me lots of sky too. I would miss it if ever I was closed in somewhere–city, forest, etc

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 7:26 am

      Watching the sky is something we never seem to get tired of, Char! I can sit here all afternoon and waste a heap of time just watching the sky (I have to pull myself away sometimes to do the housework!) I’m not a closed in person either and may like a city or forest, but only for about 10 minutes 😉

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  33. billyraychitwood1 / Jul 10 2014 5:17 am

    Amen! Love those pictures! Almost surreal…

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 7:27 am

      Thank you, Billy Ray. It’s a very serene and beautiful slice of the world 😀

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  34. anotherday2paradise / Jul 10 2014 5:43 am

    Yes, you sure do have massively BIG skies, Dianne. I love that first image, with all the silver linings. I’m so glad your brother survived that fire. It must be horrendous to be caught up in one. You will let us know if you see a real UFO, won’t you? 😀

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 7:28 am

      I’ll certainly let you know if I see a real UFO, Sylvia! I’ll try to get pics of it (I’ll be like the interstellar paparazzi) 😀

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  35. tw / Jul 10 2014 6:56 am

    Dianne, your photos and environment are so stunningly beautiful. I’m glad they don’t burn the cane like they used to, like you I don’t like to see animals or people harmed and I couldn’t imagine the thought of you and your family being near to a raging came fire. The lights in the sky sound interesting too and if they’re visiting from another world who can blame them for wanting to see your amazing country?

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 8:33 am

      So true! They must be admiring the view from above 😀

      I’m so glad you like the pictures, it truly is a beautiful place and I’m very thankful I have the opportunity in my life to live like this. It never gets boring or old and I’ve often said that living in the country is actually ‘living’ and not just ‘existing’ 😀

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  36. Minuscule Moments / Jul 10 2014 7:10 am

    Dianne what a beautiful skyline. I agree with your friend, when I lived in London for two years and then returned home I noticed this too. The sky seemed endless and I oftener wondered how could this be? Now I just enjoy it and I really loved your sky today, thank you for sharing your world.

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 8:37 am

      I’ve never been to London, but I have had visitors from many parts of the world who are overwhelmed by Australia’s wide open spaces. I remember driving from Cairns to Cooktown and seeing NOTHING but desert and mountains for hours – then, on the side of the road I saw a cyclist and I wondered how many days it had taken him to cycle to this out-of-the-way place. He was Swedish and told me it was the greatest adventure of his life! 😀

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  37. jmmcdowell / Jul 10 2014 12:04 pm

    That does look like “big sky” country, which is what Montana says of itself here in the States. I grew up in the midst of flat farm country, and that sky was big, too. Here in the DC suburbs, not so much. 🙂 I hope you can get some good night shots sometime. I’ve never had any luck with those, although I’ve never used a camera with the right lenses and settings. That might make a difference!

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2014 1:40 pm

      I think I need an infrared camera. JM. Unless the moon is really bright I only get a picture of complete blackness (which is not very interesting at all!) 😀

      I’ve also lived in suburbs in the city and the sky isn’t nearly as big there as it is here. It seems like I can see forever in this place… 😉

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  38. roughwighting / Jul 11 2014 12:08 am

    Spectacular. And yes, you DO have more sky! Which is a blessing. When I live in New England, I love the greenery and wildness of the trees, but I pine for the sky (that’s a pun!). 🙂 Incredible photos!

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  39. cestlavie22 / Jul 11 2014 10:24 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Good luck on your UFO hunt 😉

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    • diannegray / Jul 12 2014 6:04 am

      Thank you! I was just taking photos of the full moon setting over the mountains, but I couldn’t get it ‘just right’. No UFOs in sight unfortunately! 😉

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  40. avwalters / Jul 12 2014 5:50 am

    Lovely pics. We used to have the smoke in California when they’d burn the rice fields in the valley. It resulted in an eerie, red sky with dramatic, but otherworldly sunsets. I think it’s best that the burning tradition is going the way of the horseshoe. You do have a lot of sky. Ours is open on one side and then, in the forest, near to no sky at all. I went to Paris and then understood why those mind-bending Parisian Impressionists all had to leave the city to explore plein air painting–they had to go somewhere with a horizon. The sky is too small, both in the forest, and in the city.

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    • diannegray / Jul 12 2014 6:21 am

      I’m glad you like the pics, Alta. I didn’t realise they burn rice fields (you learn something new every day!) 😉

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  41. bluebee / Jul 12 2014 10:48 am

    Beautiful photos, Dianne. Your friend’s comment reminds me of Bette Midler’s comment about Australia – “the sky is so high” 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 12 2014 12:26 pm

      So true! She really loved the place and I’m so glad because sometimes I wonder if it’s just me 😉

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  42. 1girl4adamwest / Jul 13 2014 1:53 am

    What great beauty!! one can feel peace by just viewing these photos. Thank you for sharing your piece of sky and awesome land!!!!

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    • diannegray / Jul 13 2014 5:27 am

      Thank you. You’re so right about the peace 😀

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  43. donnajeanmcdunn / Jul 13 2014 6:21 am

    Love the pictures!

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  44. agjorgenson / Jul 13 2014 1:16 pm

    Thanks for these. I can understand your European friend’s comment. The province i grew up in is famous for its big sky. Part of this phenomenon is due to the flat horizon, the lack of trees (in some areas), and the dry air. Where I live now has high humidity, and when I travel home now, the sky seems far brighter, and the sky is definitely bluer. When I visited Australia some years ago, I found that the sky reminded me of Alberta.

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    • diannegray / Jul 14 2014 5:22 am

      I’ve noticed that a lot of my American friends find the US and Australia to be quite similar in this respect, Allen. The flat horizon and ‘bluer than blue’ skies gives an overwhelming impression of openness 😀

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  45. Alarna Rose Gray / Jul 13 2014 3:54 pm

    Please excuse me for reading in retrospect… I’ve had a very busy week, and in catch up mode. But this is exquisite. Though the sugar cane fires bring to mind a less idyllic scene from my recent watching of True Detective. If you have or ever do see it… you’ll know what I mean. I’m glad to hear they are doing away with the practice.

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    • diannegray / Jul 14 2014 5:32 am

      I haven’t seen True Detective, Alarna, but I’ll Google it today and see if it’s available online.

      You’re totally forgiven for reading retrospect – I’m actually very flattered that you have taken the time to go back and read earlier posts! Thank you 😀

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  46. Pauline Carroll / Jul 13 2014 5:29 pm

    I agree with your European friend Australia has BIG skies. Especially in the outback, an incredibly amazing sight. What a terrifying experience to be caught in a cane fire. I’m pleased to hear your brother survived.

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    • diannegray / Jul 14 2014 5:46 am

      You would certainly know how big the Australian sky is, Pauline. Your travels through this country make you an expert in my eyes! 😀

      I’m not a fan of fire at all (although I’m sure not many people are) and I’m actually really glad they don’t burn the cane anymore 😉

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  47. restlessjo / Jul 14 2014 12:42 am

    Those skies are immense, Dianne! The photos are fabulous 🙂
    I would imagine those fires could be pretty scary.

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    • diannegray / Jul 14 2014 7:11 am

      The fires are awesome and scary at the same time, but as I get older “awesome and scary” are things I prefer to avoid, lol 😉

      I’m really glad you like the photo, Jo. I feel like I’m getting somewhere with my photography lately. It’s been a very long road of trial and error 😀

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  48. Corner of Confessions / Jul 14 2014 1:47 am

    Oh my! Being a NYC gal i have to say that i agree, that is so much sky! lol I’m also glad i saw these pictures. I just finished reading your ebook Let Sleeping Gods Lie and this is a much more calming picture of the cane fields being burned than the one i had in my head from the book!

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    • diannegray / Jul 14 2014 7:27 am

      I saw your review on Goodreads. Thank you so very much. I really appreciate it! 😀

      The sky here is huge, but I think it’s because of the flatish (if there is such a word) horizon 😉 It seems calm in these pics, but it used to get very busy and chaotic when they burned the cane (and I’m kind of glad they don’t do that anymore).

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  49. the eternal traveller / Jul 14 2014 7:54 pm

    We had an English friend visit us and she made the same comment about the big skies here. I love photographing sunrises and sunsets. Every one is different and they are always beautiful.

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    • diannegray / Jul 15 2014 5:04 am

      I took more photos of the moon yesterday morning and it was different again 😉 I just love photographing the sky at different times of the day as well. I’ve only had my camera for a short time but I think I’m becoming a photography addict, lol 😉

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  50. DaydreamsInWonderland / Jul 20 2014 3:14 pm

    You do indeed have a lot of sky. Certain areas out here we’re not able to see as much beautiful land because they keep building things every 5 seconds.

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    • diannegray / Jul 21 2014 6:35 am

      When I lived in the city they built a ten story office building right next to my house – what’s worse is that my department moved into that office building so even on my days off ‘work’ was all I could see! 😦

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      • DaydreamsInWonderland / Jul 21 2014 7:10 pm

        Oh my! *facepalm* Thank goodness you got away from that! That would slowly drive me insane. I can relate, though. The neighborhood we’re living in now just keeps building & building. Each year it seems like it gets worse overall too. (Not just with the crowded aspect but other things too.)
        I hope to someday live back in a peaceful, scenic area like where you are now.
        You deserve every bit of that comfort lady! You have earned it! ♥

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  51. Hazy Shades of Me / Jul 27 2014 3:53 am

    Oh my goodness. I’m glad your brother survived and may his co-worker be resting in peace. I can only imagine the long road of recovery.

    Your photographs are stunning and yes, you have SO MUCH SKY!! 😉

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    • diannegray / Jul 27 2014 5:56 am

      Thanks so much, Hazy – it was a tough time for everyone.

      I’m so glad you like my sky (it’s not really ‘my’ sky) lol 😉

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