E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Bonfire, treason and plot?

Bonfire, treason and plot?

This is the first time I have attempted to photograph fire. The fire in this case was almost out, with just a flicker of flame fanned by a breeze.

I came across some volunteers who had cleared an area of Forest close to a stream to, hopefully, create a habitat for Damsel Flies. They had stacked most of the timber they had cleared, so it will slowly decay and also be somewhere for amphibians to shelter and where insects can lay their eggs.

The 'brush' was burned. It had been a huge bonfire, carefully tended and making a lot of heat. I was told that some of the local ponies would probably stand in the ash overnight to warm their feet.

Whenever I see a large bonfire at this time of year it crosses my mind how dreadful it must have been for those sentenced to death by fire. It is something we 'celebrate' on 5th November with Guy Fawkes Night bonfires (burning the Guy) and firework displays.

Guy Fawkes and 12 other men conspired to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5th, 1605. They were unsuccessful, were caught, tortured and executed.


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Bonfire, treason and plot?

This is the first time I have attempted to photograph fire. The fire in this case was almost out, with just a flicker of flame fanned by a breeze.

I came across some volunteers who had cleared an area of Forest close to a stream to, hopefully, create a habitat for Damsel Flies. They had stacked most of the timber they had cleared, so it will slowly decay and also be somewhere for amphibians to shelter and where insects can lay their eggs.

The 'brush' was burned. It had been a huge bonfire, carefully tended and making a lot of heat. I was told that some of the local ponies would probably stand in the ash overnight to warm their feet.

Whenever I see a large bonfire at this time of year it crosses my mind how dreadful it must have been for those sentenced to death by fire. It is something we 'celebrate' on 5th November with Guy Fawkes Night bonfires (burning the Guy) and firework displays.

Guy Fawkes and 12 other men conspired to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5th, 1605. They were unsuccessful, were caught, tortured and executed.


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comments (14)

  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Nov 2006, 00:46
Great minds do think the same but you keep beating me to it. Those flames are awsome, the colour is so vivid I can almost feel the heat and I can smell the smoke. Nice one Joy.
EJWilkins: Thanks Johnny ;-) ditto with the comment and your dahlia!
  • Suby
  • UK
  • 4 Nov 2006, 00:53
Cool shot, fire images are really hard to shoot smile

Suby
EJWilkins: Thanks Suby, looks like I struck lucky with this shot then smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 4 Nov 2006, 01:30
For your first attempt, Ellie, you sure did a great job! Thanks for the tie-in to your country's history, which gives one pause.
EJWilkins: Hi Ginnie, and thanks. I'm never really quite sure what to say with pictures, it's good to know it's worth trying a bit of history if I can. smile
  • Roland
  • France
  • 4 Nov 2006, 07:59
Hi,
Really beautiful. I'tried to shot such photo, unsuccessfully ! Bravo !
EJWilkins: Hi Roland, thank you. smile It was only a little fire, I think a bigger one would have been more difficult.
  • Eileen
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Nov 2006, 08:31
Great detail on this and thank you for the interesting description.
EJWilkins: Thanks Eileen, I'm glad you enjoyed both bits smile
Good morning Ellie. Another subject for me to have a think about - we have so many Veld fires here in winter as everything is so dry. As for your shot, very well thought out, super framing, lovely exposure and beautiful colours. Brilliant. Have a great weekend. Regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: Good evening Neil. smile Thanks for the compliments ... they're always well received. I look forward to seeing any flaming images you may capture.
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Nov 2006, 09:52
Excellent smile
EJWilkins: *grin* Thanks Chris.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Nov 2006, 10:41
Your first attempt was very successful. Next attempt on the difficulty scale is a bonfire at night. In today's shot you can see the log and correctly focussed on that - at night you don't see the logs!

What I like about your postings is the information that goes with the photo, like today linking the date, the photo and some history all at once. Mean time a something about the ponies ( which action should also harden their hooves).
EJWilkins: Hi Louis, thanks for the challenge! I might have a go tomorrow evening, but please don't hold your breath waiting to see the outcome, they might be complete rubbish!
I'm glad you like reading the tidbits of information too.
  • Frank
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Nov 2006, 11:26
Very nice picture. Maybe zoom a little, or crop the picture makes it even better ??
EJWilkins: Thanks Frank. smile You're probably right.
I have huge problems choosing the crop, I'm never quite sure I've got it right and sometimes, if I go in too close, I lose clarity.
  • prism
  • Australia
  • 4 Nov 2006, 12:21
this is good ellie - your images are getting better every time! ps: thanks for your good luck. smile
EJWilkins: Thanks for the compliments Prism .. and you're welcome. smile
Very well taken...I am feeling hot already!
EJWilkins: Hi Dotun ... maybe a nice cold drink now? wink
NIce one Ellie good first fire capture. Thanks for the history too smile
  • Intern
  • United States
  • 5 Nov 2006, 04:10
excellent shot.
Nice Flamey shot !

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