apocalyptic tree by Tony Middleton

This photograph is one in a large series covering part of the 2006-2007 bushfires in Victoria (Gippsland in particular). This one was taken on December 14 (at around 2pm which was over 6hrs before twilight!) on the central Gippsland plains. Early afternoon saw the region plunge into darkness and rain begin to fall – black ash/mud rain fell from massive pyrocumulus clouds overhead generated from the intense heat and the increased localised atmospheric instability from the fires – Sale actually reported just under 3mm.This particular day was the most devastating during the season which saw the south divide complex burn for over 60days ! Sadly 1 life was lost at Seaton on this actual afternoon – about 25 km’s from where i took this photograph, numerous houses were lost through Toongabbie, Cowwar wier and Seaton as eyewitness reported walls of fire over 100ft high coming over the hills at the back of their properties. Emergency radio broadcasts filled the airwaves as did emergency vehicles on the roads. During this devastating drama there was the fantastic feeling of ‘aussie mateship’ as all around ppl were offering whatever they had to help strangers and locals alike – a day i will never forget !

more of my bushfire related photography may be viewed by clicking on the preview image below


  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwualmost 8 years ago

    Great thoughts and brilliant photo.

  • Tony Middleton
    Tony Middletonalmost 8 years ago

    thanks for viewing,reading and responding :- )

  • Devan Foster
    Devan Fosteralmost 8 years ago

    striking story and photo Tony.

  • Tamarama72
    Tamarama72almost 8 years ago

    Fantastic image !

  • helene
    helenealmost 8 years ago

    Funny how a scene of devastation can become beautiful…

  • jetsta42
    jetsta42almost 8 years ago

    beautiful colours in this

  • Tony Middleton
    Tony Middletonalmost 8 years ago

    it was a most memorable day and experience… thanks again :)

  • Rebecca McLean
    Rebecca McLeanover 7 years ago

    Amazing image! pitty it take such a catasrophic event to get the effect!

  • Terri Foster
    Terri Fosterover 7 years ago

    Wow – this is really incredible. Fire is devastating and awe-inspiring. Firefighters here are still fighting a 240,000 acre brush fire (known here as the Zaca fire) that has been burning since July 4th. It has burned through a vast majority of the wilderness areas in our county here in Santa Barbara, California (USA).

  • studiofascino
    studiofascinoover 7 years ago


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