Lest We Forget by Pam Wilkie

In memory of all that was lost in the Victorian Bushfires, February 7th, 2009 – the lives, the wildlife, the animals, the birds and the property.

Taken at St Andrews.

Profit from any sales will be given to the Bushfire Appeal.

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Art has been my passion since I could first hold a pencil! The teachers were always telling me off for drawing all over my school books!! However life took me in other directions until about 15 years ago when I returned to my love of painting and drawing and began attending classes, and painting and drawing regularly.
I am blessed to live close to nature in the Australian ‘bush’, which gives me constant joy and inspiration to paint.

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  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromabout 6 years ago

    Such a stark tragic tribute…very powerful…

  • Thank you for commenting Susan. The utter and total devastation is hard to take in even when you are there and you see and feel it. No sound of life anywhere.

    – Pam Wilkie

  • Anil Nene
    Anil Neneabout 6 years ago

    So sorry to hear that. My prayers to all those who suffered. Nice expressive snap.

  • Thank you Arnene for your prayers and thoughts – much appreciated by us all.

    – Pam Wilkie

  • jinney
    jinneyabout 6 years ago

    thankyou for the reminder-this must have been difficult for you!
    You are very brave-thankyou!

  • Your heart-felt words really mean a lot to me, jinney – thank you. It is so hard for everyone and will be for some time.

    – Pam Wilkie

  • jinney
    jinneyabout 6 years ago

    -its equally hard for humans… to bring the subject up again!
    But in order to move forward it must be remembered-too except and to heal!
    Im in Nz-but I do have family and friends there-with all my heart -GOOD ON YOU AND GOD BLESS FOR BEING BRAVE and showing US!
    Hopefully-the message /Your capture…will help make some changes!
    take care-love and healing!

  • Yes, it is time to move on and heal but, as you say, not to forget. Thank you again, Jinney.

    – Pam Wilkie

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasabout 6 years ago

    I once visited an area here in the US that was devastated by forest fire-not nearly as devastating or widespread as this one and what marked me very deeply was the silence after.
    Not a creature was around to make a sound—just the distance murmur of highway traffic and the swish of the wind was left. Ooh, what an affect that had on me. Whenever i hear of such a fire, and see photos like this one , I am back there , in the silence, where I pray.

  • I, too, found the silence the most abiding memory of my visit to this devastated area, particularly because it once used to be filled with bird-life and native creatures. Thank you for sharing this with us and for your empathy.

    – Pam Wilkie

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 6 years ago

    What a sad memory of what was once a beautiful area with a lot of life. You captured it well. We are worried about forest fires here in South Florida as we have been very dry. There was a little rain today in the everglades. It will help the animals which is good.

  • Thank you for taking the time to look at this image, Rosalie, and for your good wishes. Yes, it has been an unbelievable time here. I hope you never have to go through it in your area.

    – Pam Wilkie

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937about 6 years ago

    Such a horrible tragedy ! This has been so hear breaking for people all over the world. Bless you !

  • Thank you Glenda. Your blessings are received with gratitude. We are now all breathing easier but the rebuilding of lives and homes and the environment will be a long process.

    – Pam Wilkie

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937about 6 years ago

    P.S. I meant to say heart breaking!

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanalmost 6 years ago

    what a fabulous shot – it is full of sadness and that is brilliant to capture in photography (or any medium really). love it.

  • Thanks Marion – yes overwhelming sadness and loss. This was taken 5 days after the fires went through. This was all that was left of 17 acres, two dwellings and magical forest and creatures, at my friend’s property. Appreciate your thoughtful comments.

    – Pam Wilkie

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