Monday, January 30, 2006

My Photographs Of The Fire

Breaking news!

(Just kidding.)

Get the pictures developed. Scan the pictures in. Resize the pictures. Ugh. Film cameras are fun.

Anyway, here is a selection of the photographs I took of our recent fires. My apologies if the images are too dark - I didn't have time to correct the colour as well as everything else.

26 January 2006
16:08: Taken from the office window. The fire has been burning for a few minutes. No one realises yet that it's serious.



16:14: Taken from the office window, six minutes later. Notice how fast it has spread in such a short amount of time.



16:34: Taken from the roof of the building (through glass), 20 minutes later. We have a raging fire.



16:36: Taken from the roof of the building (though glass). Have a look at that orange glow!



16:52 (approximately): Taken from the office window. The fire has spread way up to the top of the mountain.



18:06: Taken on Heerengracht at the Boer War memorial.



18:18: Taken through the car's windscreen on Orange Street (top of Cape Town closer to the mountain). A helicopter is on its way back to pick up another load of water.



18:18: Taken through the car's passenger window on Orange Street (top of Cape Town closer to the mountain). The helicopter flies over our car.



18:19: Taken through the car's windscreen (driver side) on Orange Street (top of Cape Town closer to the mountain). The helicopter ducks down behind the buildings to refill at the reservoir in De Wall Park.



18:20: Tag art on the passenger side of the car. It's part of a promotional campaign for Hip2B2. The text on the right reads "think ahead". The guy was a passerby who was watching and photographing the helicopter.



18:21: Taken through the car's driver window as we were driving further along the M3 towards De Waal Drive (I wasn't driving).



27 January 2006
13:13: Taken from the office window. The top of Table Mountain flares up again.



13:14: Taken from the office window. Zoom in on the flareup. If you look carefully you may be able to see a helicopter dropping water.



13:17: Taken from the office window. Lion's Head on fire (you can just see it between the two buildings).

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5 Comments:

Blogger Francois Maree said...

Wow, I like the time you added to it. It makes me feel as if I have been there myself. I smell the smoke in my clothes. :)

Thursday, February 02, 2006 2:59:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

For once we didn't actually smell the smoke. Other areas of the city weren't so lucky, though.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 3:03:00 PM  
Blogger Francois Maree said...

Yeah, no kidding about that. Now apparently it is burning somewhere else in the western cape I think? Do you know if that Brit has been kept in jail because if not, they better find him quick before he burns down the rest of what is left of South Africa.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 5:46:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy J Watson said...

There are (and have been) fires all over. On Tuesday Table Mountain actually flared up again (at exactly the same palce as where it began last time, so I thought it was someone's bad idea of a practical joke), but two helicopters (and presumably teams on the ground) got to it fast and put it out within a couple of hours.

At the moment areas in the Overberg are burning.

I don't know the latest on the Brit because the news is currently filled with the "baby Jordan" trial.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 6:33:00 PM  
Blogger Francois Maree said...

Ah yes. The baby Jordan case. It's a very sad one.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 7:15:00 PM  

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