Outing #13 – Day 3 – The bushfire burns

(Sunday 2-November-2014)

BUSHFIRE UPDATE: STILL OUT OF CONTROL

From the Rural Fire Service website.

From the Rural Fire Service website.

Well, having fallen asleep last night at about eight, I awoke to a clear blue sky and a cool breeze without even a hint of smoke in it. First things being first, I gulped my usual 3-4 cups of coffee before even switching-on my phone, but when I did I was surprised to read that the Rural Fire Service not only failed to contain the fire already, but it’s now dropped down into the Megalong Valley floor. It’s on the other side of Narrow Neck fortunately, but it’s also still only 4kms away which isn’t very far at all.

The RFS screen. I'm within the area circled in white - approximately.

The RFS screen. I’m within the area circled in white – approximately.

The above screenshot illustrates the location of the bushfire relative to where I am. Ignore the blue dot: I turned location off for the screenshot, since this is the internet and posting a photo of my exact location would be just generally dumb. Suffice to say though that the area I’ve circled is large enough to appease my paranoia. Anyway I’m within that general area, so the fire isn’t *that* far away.

AQUISITION OF WATER

@2:36pm

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I had to go and get water today, so I did that early in the hope I’d be back before any hungry reptiles ripped through my tent for food, but nary an animal has been even detected around the camp since I’ve been back, except the Possum and I was asleep when he paid his visit.

.. I'm sure there are beneficial microbes that die very quickly once you bottle or store it.

.. I’m sure there are beneficial microbes that die very quickly once you bottle or store it.

Of course, like usual the walk was nice and though I would’ve not minded bumping into someone else today – just to quiz them about the fire(s) – they probably couldn’t tell me a whole lot more than the emergency services app and website I’ve been watching since yesterday, so whatever.

I did finally have a chance to get a bit more snappy-happy on the walk of course, unlike yesterday; the ridiculous wind combined with occasional rain and a complete void of animals meant there wasn’t really anything to take photos of but ants and trees. I did try for some nice ant macros but they move so erratically it’s surprising difficult to get a chance to snap em. If you can find one standing still you’re halfway there, but getting the camera lens within 2-3cms of the Ant usually resulted in the insect running away.

But today I got plenty of plant pics on the way to the creek and back. I’ll just scatter a few throughout the text when I post it later I suppose.

Looks kinda like a Kratom tree, but the leaves are all wrong.

Looks kinda like a Kratom tree, but the leaves are all wrong.

 

Edible, if you're really, really hungry enough. Then again so is common lawn grass.

Edible, if you’re really, really hungry enough. Then again so is common lawn grass.

 

Just some cute little plantlet that caught my attention. It was the only green thing in an area covered in dead leaves.

Just some cute little plantlet that caught my attention. It was the only green thing in an area covered in dead leaves.

MONITOR MATTERS

@3:59pm

Well it’s not quite days-end yet, but I can probably rule-out any visit from the Broeski now. Since this is about the time he would usually start heading home it’s unlikely he’ll be stomping his way into camp this late in the day. I haven’t seen him once since I arrived back here on Friday and although that would usually seem odd the weather has been stormy with very strong winds for the past few days.

Most visits are during fine, warm, sunny days so I’m not too concerned though I was hoping he’d come today; I’ve got almost a kilogram of beef mince that’s been sitting in my warm tent for three days now, and it’s certainly not getting any fresher.

MAMMALIAN MATTERS

@4:09pm
I haven’t mentioned the Possum since I got here, but I should think he’s been since the bread and buiscuts I left out on Friday night were gone Saturday morning. Last night though – since I fell asleep so early – I didn’t leave anything out for the poor lamb. Only a few scrappy bits of stale bread were left-over and when I woke-up this morning I look outside and see he’s eaten every last crumb of bread, poor thing must be hungry. Almost feels like I’ve fallen asleep without feeding a hungry dog.

Of course I know Possums – like all wild animals – are perfectly capable of organizing their own food each day but last night was the first time he’s come to my tent while I’ve been camping down here and found nothing to eat, so I’m feeling ya Possum! Bit disappointing to sneak all the way across that crunchy ground, risk being attacked by cats or whatever, only to find nothing in the “bowl” to eat.

I’ve had cheese sandwiches the past two nights also, and haven’t cooked since I’ve been back so tonight I’ll to regular pasta and stick the usual little pile outside for the sneaky Marsupial.

Possum dinner, is served.

Possum dinner, is served.

Outing #13 – Day 3 – The bushfire burns
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Jason
Animal-loving cleaner with a parrot.

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