'Happiness & Sadness (The Beginning of the Wildfire 2012)' - Rua dos Murças, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

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I was visiting the cozy restaurant O Visconde.

When I got up from the chair I was witness to a very surrealistic moment...

A fire had begun on the edge of Funchal.

At that moment people had a pleasant evening and didn’t know what was happening just above them. --->>> (more)

This was the beginning of several terrible days for the inhabitants of the maintown.

More than 100 people became homeless that night.

The following days wildfires began all around the island of Madeira.

A giant smoke plume from the island was hanging over the Atlantic Ocean.

Like a ship in distress.

Firefighters were dispatched from the Portuguese mainland.

Beautiful parts of the island changed from green to black so fast.

Valley after valley.

Black. Black. Black.

Sadly.

On this huge black area brave people fought for their homes.

Lonely houses were lying as small islands in a black ocean.

Saved from the fire.

As a hope in the middle of a tradegy.


More informations:

Madeira News Blog

Funchal in fire

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Comments (256)

Giannino Lux on May 30, 2013

nice scene of night life - L I K E - all the best from Rome - Gianni

Jan Sognnes SAVE PAN… on May 30, 2013

Hi Gianni thank you very much for your visit, nice comments and Like!

Greetings, Jan

dunkelkristall on June 16, 2013

Fantastic street scene. L+F. Best wishes, Michael.

Nenad Obradovic N… on June 28, 2013

Very nice photo L+F

Jan Sognnes SAVE PAN… on July 28, 2013

Dear Panoramio friends thank you very much for your visit, nice comments, likes and favorites

Greetings from Denmark, Jan

CHO PIGU on November 1, 2013

非常に魅力的な場所とショット!!

素敵な写真!

L&F

My ♥ ♡ ♥ photos

日本からの挨拶。

Jan Sognnes SAVE PAN… on November 17, 2013

Hi CHOPIGU thank you very much for your visit, nice comments, L and F!

Greetings, Jan

Reto Börner on February 1, 2014

The fire with the smoke rising in the background looks very threatening. A very unusual sight. Great shot. Like + Favorite! Best greetings, Reto.

Mars283 on February 6, 2014

Amazing shot of a threaten over the quiet and pleasant evening.. I didn't know about that! L&F Greetings Bea

jockswa on February 12, 2014

Dramatic! A good capture Jan! Lk. Regards, Jock.

Jan Sognnes SAVE PAN… on March 10, 2014

Dear Panoramio friends thank you very much for your visit, nice comments, likes and favorites

Greetings from Denmark, Jan

wolfpape on March 14, 2014

Impressive night photo! Like and Fav.

Kind greetings from Honduras, Wolfgang

janusz_k on March 14, 2014

Nice shot, L

Greetings, Janusz

樋口友克 on July 2

素敵な雰囲気。

Dear Panoramio friends thank you very much for your visit, nice comments, likes and favorites

Greetings from Denmark, Jan

theSergeant Gonzalez on August 11

Excellent photography Jan Sognnes very interesting place to hang out, my best regards (F + L)

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 23, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Jan Sognnes SAVE PAN…
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
    • Taken on 2012/07/18 22:42:38
    • Exposure: 0.500s (1/2)
    • Focal Length: 12.21mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash

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