During the summer of 2019 – 2020 parts of Australia were subject to a series of devastating bushfires. More than 10 million hectares burnt, and the ferocity of the fires even created their own weather patterns. In the city people felt the effects of the fires, even though the fires themselves were far away. Smoke drifted over the city, and an eerie haze covered the sky.
This painting is from a watercolour plein air sketch at Albert Park Lake. Photos from the original sketch are on our Instagram. The smoke is thick, covering the water in a soupy grey haze. Water birds wander aimlessly in the gloom, as boats moored against the jetty float around on the surface. The island on the left juts into the frame, a lone red buoy floating out on the lake. On the other side of the lake in the distance, the smoke obscures the trees on the horizon.
Bushfires are a part of life in Australia, but they are getting progressively worse, and many scientists believe this is due to climate change. Hopefully by reducing carbon emissions on a global scale, severe weather events like these bushfires will be prevented from occurring again.
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