This was one of a series of frames shot a few moments after sunset exactly a year ago, on 8 February 2009. 2,170 views on 9 April 2014.
Victoria, my home state, was reeling from the worst bushfires in living memory.
Record temperatures and racing hot winds had carried fire across our parched landscape faster than had ever been encountered before.
There had been 173 deaths. The fires were still raging out of control. The townships of Kinglake and Marysville were all but destroyed, with fewer than 30 homes left standing in the latter town.
We were a state in shock. We were a nation in deep grief. But there was still momentary beauty in the sky.
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/125 sec, ISO 400, focal length 125mm.