February 10, 2009

Australian Bushfires




All images sourced from here.

12 comments:

  1. it's horrific. the last photograph is heartbreaking.

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  2. i don't understand what people do to each other and the animals get caught in the middle. i agree with paul, the last photo is heartbreaking.

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  3. i feel as if i've ben under a rock, i had heard there were fires but had no idea how horrible they were. was this something man-made? wasn't sure by cindy's comment if perhaps it was.

    when i hear about things such as this, my heart breaks a little more each time. i can't stand to see animals or people suffer.

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  4. poor Aussies.
    that thirsty little koala is crushing.

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  5. I agree with the above said, that last picture is just too much...

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  6. I am Australian,ive been watching all week in horror,ive seen many images that brought me to tears but that last photo just made me weak and ill.. Yes Carrie, someone lit these fires.. We will find the responsible party, as a nation we have vowed to...

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  7. So, so sad. All of my thoughts are with them.

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  8. I stared at that last image for about 10 minutes. What a site...my prayers are with them.

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  9. That pic of the firefighter giving the Koala water is priceless! Definitely pulls at your heart strings! I heard that his little paw was burned so the firefighter was holding it with his cold hand. I could cry!

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  10. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them!

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  11. The koala is saddening but the lives that are gone.....thats sad:(

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  12. I have read some horrible things about this -- the fires moved so fast, in some cases it was impossible to outrun them. One man who lost his children when he put them in the car, ran back to the house to get one last thing, and by the time he got back out seconds later, the car was engulfed. Just shocking and horrifying.

    There was a very interesting story in National Geographic a few months back about fighting wildfires. It showed how in California the fires often jump from house to house, leaving the surrounding trees unscathed. I noticed a similar phenomenon in some of the Australian photos I've seen online. Whoever owns the house in the top photo may have gotten extremely lucky.

    I also read that Koalas don't normally drink; they get all of the moisture they need from eating leaves. So the fact that they'd approach humans and drink is scary. (Of course, someone might have been misinformed, I don't know.)

    Tragic and terrifying all around. Thanks for linking.

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