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The Burn #1

Each year there is a sugar-cane harvesting season.

 

Here is a field of sugar-cane, not more than 50 metres from our house, being burned-off in preparation for harvesting next morning. The crop is set alight to burn off the dead leaves, and to drive out snakes.

 

Standing near the fire are two young men with hand-operated, back-pack fire extinguishers...a noble idea, but those devices would be hard-pressed to extinguish a lit cigarette, let alone the brief inferno of a fired sugar-cane  field!

 

It is a spectacular sight, but I would prefer that the photo-opportunity was taking place a few hundred metres from my house!

The Burn #1

Each year there is a sugar-cane harvesting season.

 

Here is a field of sugar-cane, not more than 50 metres from our house, being burned-off in preparation for harvesting next morning. The crop is set alight to burn off the dead leaves, and to drive out snakes.

 

Standing near the fire are two young men with hand-operated, back-pack fire extinguishers...a noble idea, but those devices would be hard-pressed to extinguish a lit cigarette, let alone the brief inferno of a fired sugar-cane  field!

 

It is a spectacular sight, but I would prefer that the photo-opportunity was taking place a few hundred metres from my house!

comments (15)

A spectacular shot, Ray, but a bit too close for comfort!
Ray: It was dark, and I was standing quite close, Frank...there were burning floaties landing all about...
I would want a very long lens!
Ray: I don't have a long lens for the smartphone, Larry.
I remember your images of the sugar cane harvesting fires from previous years - always great. But this is terrific!
Ray: I am attracted to the event, Elizabeth.
I can imagine the consternation such a sight would cause you, Ray, so close to your house, but you've made a fabulous image of it. I especially like that the burn-off gets rid of the snakes!
Ray: It concerns me that animals, like snakes, might get burned, Ginnie.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Apr 2018, 07:25
Too close for comfort, Ray. I know what you mean. It is spectacular though...
I wonder if you now find more snakes on your property after they burn the cane??
Ray: We get quite a lot of snakes in the house yard, Astrid, but I have not noticed more at this time.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 2 Apr 2018, 07:32
This is a lovely dramatic picture Ole Bean. I think you are very lucky for it not to have been: -

The last picture you ever took

The last fire your house and contents ever saw
Ray: It amazes me that the burners are so nonchalant about what they are doing, Chris.
Impressionnant et surement dangereux ..mais l'experience doit être là ..
Bonne journée
Ray: Je ne peux pas laisser une occasion comme celle-ci se gâter, Claudine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 2 Apr 2018, 08:38
Scary event I would say Ray, glad all was well.
Ray: I mentioned it to my family, and their response is that no village houses have been burned down... sad smile
Worrying for you, but what a photo opp. Does the cane ever get over charred ?
Ray: It seems that the burner must be careful to choose the day for the burn, Martin...foliage just dry enough...weather just humid enough...
I can understand you being concerned with this taking place close to your home.
Ray: I seem to be the only person in the vllage who has concerns about this practice, Brian, which is a surprise as ours is about the only house not constructed of wood.
Presumably you have more effective fire extinguishers to hand! smile
Ray: The Tambon [collection of villages of which ours is the central one] has a large firetruck, Tom, but I have never seen it on duty at a burn-off.

We do not have an extinguisher in our house.
I think I would invest in a fire hose Ray!
Ray: I have several garden hoses, Bill, but doubt they would do much to this inferno.
This is a fabulous shot, Ray. It looks like more than one layer. I landed in Cuba at night years ago and was a bit horrified that the area was covered with individual fires. I was told the story you have just explained which gave me some small comfort.
Ray: Tomorrow I show another pic, and a short video to emphasise the sense and sound of it, Mary.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Apr 2018, 20:44
With all those sparks, I could see it going horribly wrong.
Ray: I suppose the extreme humidity prevents things from turning out as badly as I imagine they could, Alan.
this is an even better photo of the burn than last year Ray....petersmile
Ray: Thank you, Peter.

Sometimes I look back and wonder of my modest photographer skills might be declining.

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