The exquisite textures in this scene are generated by the mountainous terrain and the continued aftermath from the 2003 Victorian alpine bushfires. The play of light across this vista had us (Tommy P, Mark Stothard, Christian Fletcher and myself) captivated for about an hour before we ventured on to a magical mountain twilight later that day.
January 8 2003, saw 87 fires started by lightning. All but 8 of these fires were contained, these 8 merged to form the largest fire at the time since 1939. The main fire burnt over 13,000 km² over 59 days before it was contained on 7 March 2003. 41 homes were destroyed and over 9,000 livestock killed. Thousands of kilometres of fencing was also destroyed. This was the longest running fire until the 2006-07 Great Divide fires. Check out THIS staggering map of the areas in Victorian burnt in the last 10 years.
‘ Alpine textures – Vic high country’