Travelling back from Perth to Margaret River after a TVC shoot, I noticed an interesting cloud building up on the East side of Forrest Highway. It was late in the afternoon and I was keen to get home after a long day, but it's hard not to stop when you have all the camera gear you need and the light is starting to get good. I began searching for something interesting to place in the foreground and drove for another half hour before coming across this tree.
I rushed to set up a time-lapse to capture the development of this tropical looking build up before the sun got too low. The time was about 6:30pm Wednesday 6th January. At the base on the left of the image I was thinking that it could have been a fire, but at this stage I'd heard nothing on the radio that alerted me to the fact. The formation reminded me of a time-lapse that Mike Fletcher had shot up in Arnhem Land during the filming of a TV Series last year and I simply thought it could be a similar system developing that was a little unusual to the area.
Looking on the images now it's quite obvious that I should never consider being a weatherman...
It wasn't until the next day when I looked out the window and saw the haze in the air and received a call from my mother-in-law, that I knew about the fire in Waroona. I looked at the shots and realised that it was the early stages of it's development that I had captured. The fire that began with a lightning strike has since left several communities in the South West devastated by loss of life, income and property.
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