It was an overcast day today – a good opportunity to get some landscape shots without the harsh light we normally get in the bright sun. This devastation is as a result of the Margaret River bushfires in November. The Ellenbrook homestead was about the only thing that survived in the area – everything around the homestead was burnt. Already you can see green shoots appearing. It is remarkable how quickly nature responds to these events.
Earlier this week there was a bushfire at Gracetown. It started somewhere near the North Point carpark, and spread to the bush at the northern edge of the town. This must have been a worry because the only road in and out of Gracetown must have been covered in smoke and pretty risky to travel on. If the wind had switched to a northerly, I am not sure how they would evacuate the town.
During the Margaret River bushfires the fire came close to the southern edge of the town! Perhaps they are safe now because there isn’t a lot left to burn! However I think there must be a rethink of these settlements with a single access road – perhaps by linking up adjacent settlements to provide a second exit route. This could be good for tourism as well.
Here is a shot looking over the town towards North Point.
This last image was taken the morning after the initial fire, and it had reignited that morning (although it was well under control).