Country Life

by Nina Joan

In Bundaberg, it is sugar cane harvesting season. Most afternoons on my way home from work, smoke is often floating through the air. The air smells of burning cane…which at times can be unpleasant. It is still fascinating to watch.

After living in a country town for a few months I am not afraid to say that I am a city girl. I think the fires are fascinating and locals think I am crazy chasing fires to take photographs. I found out that sugar cane fires burn very quickly, some only burn for less than fifteen minutes. It proves that you have to be in the right place at the right time.

On my way home from work one afternoon, I drove past a fire but I didn’t have my camera. I raced home (no, I didn’t speed) to get my camera and drove back (fifteen minutes round trip) by the time I got back the fire had finished burning. I drove back home disappointed the I had not captured the fire.

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The photograph above was taken from the Hummock Lookout. It is the highest point in Bundaberg and gave a good view of the fire on the horizon. I thought is was a simple snapshot do the sugar cane fire and I happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Nina Joan

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