Taken on Saturday evening, February 7th, near Geelong after a day of record-breaking temperatures (47.6 C or 118 F) and, tragically, the worst bushfires in our state’s history with towns virtually wiped out, hundreds of homes lost and, as I write, a death toll of 28 which is expected to rise when rescuers enter areas which were unreachable during the firestorm. I felt voyeuristic and very sad capturing this brilliant sunset caused by so much disaster just a hundred or so kilometres away. I only hope that those who are missing are found alive and that those who have suffered tragedy will somehow find the strength to rebuild their lives.

A testament to my elderly parents who lost their home and everything they owned in the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires and a tribute to their resilience in starting again.


sunset, clouds, rocks, landscape, sky, colours, vivid, skyscape, rays, geelong, hartkamp


  • lightsmith
    lightsmithover 5 years ago

    This is magnificent. A brilliant capture in every sense.

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceover 5 years ago

    Heather, your story brings tears to my eyes. I will pray for rain and relief from this extreme weather and for all those lost. This photo is awesome and a beautiful tribute to you your talent.

  • Corey Bigler
    Corey Biglerover 5 years ago

    BRILLIANT work, Heather!!!!!!!!

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 5 years ago

    One of the best Dog Rock images I’ve seen it reflects the sign of hope.

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondover 5 years ago

    It’s very sad. Great image

  • Kathryn Potempski
    Kathryn Potempskiover 5 years ago

    Lovely image on such a hot day those sheep must be sweltering

    I have just received news Heather we have now lost 49 dear souls ,a reminder to us all to capture and cherish what we have as we may loose everything in a moment.

  • 49!!! Oh how awful! I’m just lost for words.

    – Heather Prince ( Hartkamp )

  • cullodenmist
    cullodenmistover 5 years ago

    5:18pm Sunday Feb.8
    Make that 50 Kathryn.
    Would you believe 550 homes lost just in Kinglake alone.
    I am beside myself.
    Really good Heather.

  • brirose55
    brirose55over 5 years ago

    stunning work

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 5 years ago

    Heather this is magnificent and portrays the little bit of hope that we are all clinging to with the horror in that area this weekend. To me it is sending a prayer to the heavens for help that is so desperately needed.

  • khadhy
    khadhyover 5 years ago

    love the rays. and the color of the sky. marvellous capture.

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