In the right conditions fires can produce enough energy to seed Thunderstorm development.
These thunderstorms can continue for a few hours in relatively the same position is the conditions persist.
The particular thunderstorm was linked to a series of thunderstorms along the Kennedy Ranges, North-East of Carnarvon, Western Australia.
Pyrocumulonimbus is the type of cloud you see here reaching upwards from the smoke.
This pyrocumulonimbus cloud formed over a recent fire. The pyrocumulonimbus cloud (pyroCb) is a type of cumulus cloud formed above a source of heat such as a wildfire and may sometimes even extinguish the fire that formed it. It is the most extreme manifestation of pyrocumulus.
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Canon 5d Mark II
24-70mm f2.8L USM + CircPol
After the fire has passed through, the deep red sand dunes appear in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia.
You get an idea of what the landscape looked like before the fire started. Massive floods from last year prompted a huge increase in the growth of many grass species, including spinifex in the Gascoyne river Catchment area.
Canon 5d Mark II
24-70mm f2.8L + CircPol
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