Lower Plenty:3095/2:22:23pm [Fuel load]

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This is what our previously beautiful front lawn looks like after three weeks of hideously hot conditions. If you look carefully you may be able to see the wisps of brown sticking up through the carpet of eucalyptus leaves. The shrivelled white flowers fell from the Agapanthus plants that edge the garden beds. These plants are considered very tough characters and usually endure the summer with an attitude of “Hot? Ha! Bring it on, baby”. To see them with their heads drooping, the leaves burnt and their blossoms strewn across the ground really brings home to us just how hot this last couple of weeks have been. And 35 days without rain means that the leaf carpet is tinder dry. It is just this excessive fuel load that fuels bushfires. I am not complaining, mind you. After the death and devastation right on our doorstep, I am fully aware that I have absolutely nothing to complain about.

127. Grass, turf, Lawn

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~ by korechronicles on February 8, 2009.

5 Responses to “Lower Plenty:3095/2:22:23pm [Fuel load]”

  1. Your photo and description really convey the extreme conditions you are experiencing. I hope the fires are brought under control soon and that you continue to be safe.

  2. Great idea for the theme and I am glad you and your family are alright – I have been following that in the news and am very sad!

  3. Hoping you stay safe. So sorry to see how sad your lawn looks.

  4. Its interesting how different kinds of images can help us understand the situation you are facing right now. You’ve done a great job of bringing it home with this image and story…

  5. This does do a fine job of conveying the extreme conditions you have been having. I had no idea agapanthus could be heat stressed. Hope things moderate.

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