They say you can’t believe
Everything you read in the paper
I wish that were true today

So many loved
So many lost
So many could not get away

And if tears were rain
And prayers a blanket
So many could have been saved
Wish I could ease the pain
Turn back time and the wind
But God has taken what He gave

The wind blew one way
Saved my friend
Then blew the other
Took another home

I can’t stop thinking
In what ifs
But I want to
I’m happy you are here still

And if tears were rain
And prayers a blanket
So many could have been saved
Wish I could ease the pain
Turn back time and the wind
But God has taken what He gave

I’m sure they were strong to the last
They lived too fast
For the sun
I’m sure they loved the hardest
They’d ever done
I know they won

I’m sure this rain is tears
From heaven
To wash away the pain

© words and music Caleb White 2009

Caleb is a good friend ex drum student and a very talented singer/ songwriter drummer. He will post the music to go with this on his facebook page soon.

Photo taken at Wilsons Promontory after the 2005 bush fires just as life started to return. If only hearts were as resilient as nature. The recent spate of Victorian bush fires has also included the Prom burning The Cathedral above Sealers Cove an adjoining mountain only a few kilometers from here.

The ‘saved friend’ is a good mutual mate…

100% of profits will go to the Salvos bushfire Appeal (I’ve put my margin up more than usual as it’s kind of pointless donating unless there’s a bit of money in it).


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Australia’s rugged landscape is an important part of my life and over many years I have explored some of the more remote parts of it on foot, ski, kayak and rope. I usually travel alone so I can take my time capturing the essence of these places without distraction. Life slows down and after a while I feel like I begin to merge with the land, nature takes me into her confidence and changes me. I hope you enjoy the fruit of these excursions.

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  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 5 years ago

    fabulous shot Travisv such devastation and love the song that goes a long with it

  • Thanks Christine

    – Travis Easton

  • Garth Smith
    Garth Smithover 5 years ago

    Calebs words are wonderful. And your imagery of “the Phoenix” rising from the ashes is a symbolic reminder of what will and can happen.
    The words and pic are saddening but heartening at the same time. Thank you.

  • such a helpless feeling to be amidst such grief, hope… time… love…

    – Travis Easton

  • Paul Gitto
    Paul Gittoover 5 years ago

    very moving!

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    heartwrenching words and image….. a beautiful post

  • John Dekker
    John Dekkerover 5 years ago

    beautifully done Travis

  • Lensman2008
    Lensman2008over 5 years ago

    A very moving tribute. Bless all the emergency services and volunteers, not forgetting the victims of the terrible events.

  • John Pitman
    John Pitmanover 5 years ago

    A great shot to convey a sad scene Travis. Well done. JOhn

  • eaglewatcher
    eaglewatcherover 5 years ago

    well done Travis

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzover 5 years ago

    Great image!!

  • solo75
    solo75over 5 years ago

    This is a real survivor as I’m sure all Australians affected will survive and overcome. Do you live near the area Travis?

  • I live in suburban Melbourne about 20km from the fronts, there has been a smoke haze most days this week and I have driven close to the fire fronts on my way to work in the Yarra Valley (which is between two major fronts). I also have friends who have had property destroyed but no fatalities thankfully. Inconceivably huge and ongoing tragedy that is even beyond the authorities ability to measure the extent of as yet. The outpouring of support has been incredible.

    – Travis Easton

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