Well, I am back from the Rowley Shoals and True North.
Yesterday ended up being a pretty action packed day. We started off at 0400 waking up and going to the light aircraft terminal where we had hired the local jump ship thanks to my old Sky Diving buddy Ralf and we set off at first light to get some images south of Broome. Well worth the effort and some images to come as time permits.
Then for lunch we decided to drive down to the newly re opened Eco Beach Resort and set off for what ended up being quite an adventure!
On the way there we passed some firemen trying to tame a small road side fire and did not think much of it. But after we had had lunch and had a few swims at the resort, we thought we might go back to Broome for the sunset….but no…the little road side fire had escalated to a fully blown bush fire and the road back home was shut!
Calls to the police kept saying another hour…another hour etc. Fortunately Carl, who owns the Eco Beach Resort fixed us up with a couple of rooms and we stayed in the luxury of the resort for the night and then set off back to Broome this morning.
Like always I like to make the most of any situation and this was no different. I went for a walk along the beach to the West of Eco beach the above picture is what I found. You can see the fire off in the distance towards Broome.
Eco beach is a fabulous concept and a multi award winning resort with rooms ranging from tents to up market villas. All utilising solar power and various other eco friendly scenarios.
You can view Eco Beach at Eco Beach<
I also have a night shot of the fire when it was at its peak taken some 100km away with the trusty zoom that I will post in a mo.
The worst of all of this is that these fires were all started by FESA, which is a Government organisation that have some hell bent notion that they have to constantly torch the entire Kimberley on a regular basis!!! It is criminal what these idiots are doing to the North West of Australia!!!
When cruising in the Kimberley you are often faced with smoke hazes like the one pictured and when flying down from trip 4a in May, I saw a Peninsula near Derby that was totally barren thanks to the arson antics of this Government group.
This FESA mob fly over an area they think needs controlling and then drop fire bombs in a line.
They are the worst example of arsonists in Australia and for some reason, they get away with it year after year!!!