Le Brasier Australien

February 11, 2009 suesbent
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“Le Brasier Australien” was reported worldwide including in the French news. While France suffers through more Winter storms, bushfires ravage Australia.

Nothing reminds you more of your genesis than environmental forces. Bushfires define Australia. They are part of our ecology. Indeed much native flora needs fire for germination.

After years of drought, depleted water catchments, severe household water restrictions, dry crunchy gardens, and dirty cars, our surrounding bushland is tinder dry. All it takes is a carelessly disposed of cigarette butt, a lightning strike, or the twisted motives of a fire bug, to set the mulch alight. And that quickly rises into the unstoppable fire beast that destroys all in its path.

It is frightening, and I have experienced those events before in my life. It serves to firmly remind me that I am Australian to the core.

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