Fire in Eucalptus trees only makes them grow better. That is how they regenerate. If never ceases to amaze me when we get stories on the news here about forests being "destroyed" by fire. Australian native forests NEED fire to servive and 3 months after appearing to be a burnt desolate wasteland they become a virtual garden of Eden except that that does not present well for a dumb blonde bimbo on a Nomex suit on the 7 o'clock news.
They have discovered that even here. They allow the occasional fire to thin out the undergrowth and allow for healthier tree growth. They used to try to stop every fire caused naturally, usually by lightning strikes, until they discovered they needed the occasional fire to keep the forest healthy. What they try to prevent are fires that become so massive that it burns down deep in the soil killing the base ecosystem. What the Forest service often does now is to observe and control the natural fires or do a 'controlled burn'. Much less a problem here in the Eastern US. Forest Fires of any consequence are rare here.
Similar to the California Redwoods and Sequoias here. The heat from the fire is actually the catalyst for natural reseeding. Many, if not all, of the older growth redwoods have been through a lot of fires in their 700+ years. As with other places we have controlled burns here to clear underbrush, or in the case of nearby Fort Ord to clear unexploded ordnance. :eek:
Originally Posted by K1W1
It's been quiet here for a while. Since you guys want varieties to this post, here's one with entirely different nature.
A shot of Tuol Sleng Genocide Musuem in Phnom Penh. This used to be a former high school which was converted to be a jail by Pol Potist Khmer Rouge. Of 14,000 inmates there were only 14 survivors.
The English caption simply says "The Gallows" but that doesn't really translate what is said on top in Cambodian. It should be translated to "The place of interrogation where victims were tied up (upside down)". And it shouldn't take too much imagination to work out what the huge clay vats were used for.
It is amazing how such a simple image can symbolize such horror.
Yes Falconest. Tuol Sleng is Cambodia's Auschwitz. Walking on that ground I could still feel the horror and it might have been more than my own imagination. It's like time has stood still in that jail ground.
The imates were 'political' prisoners. Most were members of the party, soldiers and cadres of the regime who were purged simply due to suspicions. However, since only 14 survived (out of the estimated 14,000) it meant mere suspicion justified an execution.
Unfortunately, there are some foreigners, including Brits, American, French, NZealanders and Australian, who found themselves inside the jail. They were mostly caught sailing inside the international waters apparently minding their own businesses. May they now rest in peace.
Thanks for the insight Tim. Even without your commentary it is a cold and foreboding place.
Chris, I'm really liking that shot.
A similar perspective looking up (Desert View Tower @ Grand Canyon)
Nice harps and drums guys. :)
D70Fan, are those painting by the ancient natives?
Here's one for perspective. A 'candle'.