The Day Went  Dark by Di Jenkins

07/02/2009 – BLACK SATURDAY , Wesburn, Victoria. This was shot late afternoon – the sun was still shining (somewhere). This photo is AS IS – Unaltered in any way. This is simply what we saw coming towards us on that fateful day. We knew this was “bad” (for want of a better word) but little did we know the horrors we would hear of later.
Smoke rolls across Mt. Ben Cairn darkening the skies & spewing black embers over the Upper Yarra area.
Fortunately the Upper Yarra was spared by the flames, however if we do have another horror fire season this summer, then it has been predicted, by some, that we will be quite literally in the line of fire. This region (Upper Yarra Valley – Warburton) has not had severe fires since 1939. My Mother was a young child at the time in Warburton but can still remember the fires racing across the ridge opposite her family’s home.
There is a huge amount of fuel on the ground out there still. DSE and CFA are hard at work trying to reduce fuel loads before the hot, risky season is upon us. Let’s hope they succeed.
And for anyone who ever thinks that “most fires are started by CFA members wanting a thrill” .. I simply ask that you do no tar all volunteers with the same brush. I have nothing but respect for the men & women who risk their own lives to protect ours.


  • lucin
    lucinabout 6 years ago

    Oh, most sad. The wonderful addition of your subjects really brings it home. Our prayers go there.

  • thanks .. that’s my Mother and my Son.

    – Di Jenkins

  • Tom Vaughan
    Tom Vaughanabout 6 years ago

    Humbling and terrifying.

  • it certainly is … 126 people now confirmed killed

    – Di Jenkins

  • chijude
    chijudeabout 6 years ago

    Absolutely … my daughter has property at Pheasant Creek near KingLake. She was terrified for her tennants and her neighbours! Her forest is gone. We believe her house is still standing … and after initially being separated, the families in this case, are safe. Incredible sadness… and incredible bravery.

  • glad to hear they’re safe! It’s a horrible time right now for so many families.

    – Di Jenkins

  • Joseph Darmenia
    Joseph Darmeniaabout 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing.

  • thanks Joseph

    – Di Jenkins

  • Jan Stead JEMproductions
    Jan Stead JEMp...about 6 years ago

    if it wasn’t so terrifying and such a desperately devastating situation, and therefore a callous comment, I’d compliment you on a brilliant shot…so powerful, so strong and poignant, all in the one breath. I can almost hear, smell and feel it…

    Our prayers continue to be with you, your son, your mum and all those families in the area. The smoke we in Wagga are swathed in today brings it home just a little bit more for us.
    Oh, and another thing the Red Cross is urging people to do is donate blood. The burn victims will need a lot of blood products, so that is one way people can really help significantl and give something which they know is going directly to the victims..who knows, you could actually save a life or many!


  • thanks Jan ~ and thanks for the reminder about BLOOD DONATIONS!! Certainly needed right now!

    – Di Jenkins

  • andreisky
    andreiskyabout 6 years ago

    Great photography.
    Horrible day.

  • yes, thanks Andrei

    – Di Jenkins

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCabout 6 years ago

    such an incredible day for of fear and devistation for so many
    and not over yet.

  • wish it was over …

    – Di Jenkins

  • Tracey McKenzie
    Tracey McKenzieabout 6 years ago

    A powerful image… such a dark day for many…

    I also urge people to donate blood… unfortunately I cant but I wish I could !

  • thanks Tracey .. yes donate cash or blood. That’s what’s needed most from what I hear.

    – Di Jenkins

  • Lindsay Knowles
    Lindsay Knowlesabout 6 years ago

    Powerful but sad.

  • glad you’re safe too Lindsay. I know your area was pretty badly affected & still under threat …

    – Di Jenkins

  • Jared Revell
    Jared Revellabout 6 years ago

    Lindsay said it Di.

  • thanks Jared

    – Di Jenkins

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