Veld Fire over the mountains

Maree  Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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W & N watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm, no sketching

“Man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”
~ Rachel Carson

Winter is looming and soon it’ll be time to be cutting our fire-breaks again. Every Winter we have this veld-fire (bush fire) phenomena, spectacular, yet devastating at the same time. Such a great loss in animal life, yet so necessary for the health of our ecology… Many of our plants will not flower until they have been ravaged by fire and many of the fires ARE naturally caused by lightning, but it is man’s carelessness that causes fires in areas that are not ready for it yet that is the most heart-breaking.

This is a depiction of the fires raging over the hills of Magaliesburg and Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa), where I live.

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