Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
- Maya Angelou
Well, it's July (2011) and we've had our first veld fires here in Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa), much later than last year, when the fires had already started in April. This fire had come over the hills and was burning along-side the road as we passed on our way to Magaliesburg, thick smoke slowing traffic to a crawl. My heart always sinks, thinking of all the helpless little animals in the path of these, sometimes roaring, monsters.
South Africa is well-known for it's veld fires (wild fires) during Winter and, although destructive in many ways, especially for our wildlife, it is a necessary part of nature to ensure a healthy balance in our eco-system.
Watercolour in my Moleskine Nature Journal