My last post was of the magical, crystal clear, aqua seas we walked beside at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, beneath sunny blue skies. It was a hot day but unfortunately the temperature and westerlie winds were set to rise over the next few days. These conditions, along with very low humidity and tinder dry countryside, resulted in wide spread dust storms and ferocious bushfires. Our firemen were stretched to the limit and have done an amazing job of containing the danger. There were several days of respite with a change in the weather, but this weekend we are again on full alert for the worst to happen.
These conditions are not just confined to the area I live in, but also for far too much of Eastern Australia. The summer rain outlook is not promising. Thunderstorms are forecast for October. They will only bring isolated downpours and carry the threat of lightning strikes setting off new blazes. Fingers crossed.
Dust storm footage - Brisbane skyline.
Gold Coast skyline
The first destructive fire in the Gold Coast hinterland destroyed the 85 year old Binna Burra Lodge, rainforest retreat.
Binna Burra Lodge
Three hours west of Brisbane is the wine and fruit growing area of Stanthorpe. The drought has been so extreme for them over the past year that water is soon going to have to be trucked in. Bush fires soon broke out here with more devastating effects. Note the spring blossoms struggling on the fruit trees.
Then, two children, 15 and 12 set off an inferno at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast.
Night view of Peregian from Coolum.
Day view of same fire.
The big guns have arrived.
A little further south at Lansborough, more devastation.
The heartbreak is not just for humans but for our charred rainforests, hiking trails, birds and animals.
[I think, ABC News]
A little hope but not soon enough. Seen today.
This Wednesday, the plan for the Hungry Hikers was to attend a "Fire in the Botanical Gardens" event. This was postponed to the coming week, but has now been cancelled.
A new plan had to be arranged. We met at Mowbray Park on the banks of the Brisbane River at 4pm and enjoyed a leisurely stroll, under the first clear skies of a week, along the southern shoreline of the river, under the Story Bridge and below the Kangaroo Point Cliffs to Southbank - 8 km. A refreshing drink was found at the historic Ship Inn. 6.16pm saw us sitting on the banks of the river in front of our wonderful Cultural Centre, to watch the brilliant 'River of Light', laser light show. This is one of the many wonderful Brisfest, art festival events.
"This art-meets-technology water fountain, light-and-laser spectacle will illuminate the night and our river.
Following the phenomenal success of the 2018 telling of a Dreamtime creation story of the river – seen by almost 500,000 people – this new local story will again be told by Yuggera and Toorbal man Shannon Ruska working with Oracle Liquid."
The city, walking to our viewing point.
The walk - 9km in total.
My pics of enjoying the Citycat ferry ride back down the river, to the Mowbray Park ferry stop and our parked cars.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
The main reach of the river.
A tad cold, but loving the wind in the hair and city lights.
Ferry pilot, Garry and his crew, added to the fun of this journey. The small domed building is old the Brisbane Custom House.
The recently opened [well 1 year ago] the Howard Smith Wharves, beneath the Story Bridge.
Whilst loving the beauty of our wonderful river city, I am filled with sadness for the devasting impact fire and drought is having on our country and its hard working farmers.
Sunday 15 September
Our sunset and fullmoon last night, were also affected by the latent smoke of the bushfires.
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