For this week’s Photo Challenge, Forces of Nature, I’m taking you to back to my home in northern Australia.
Summer (roughly December through March) is cyclone season and each year there’s usually at least one intense storm that makes landfall. Category 4 and 5 cyclones are the most dangerous with wind gusts up to 300km/hr (186mph). They smash the coastline once every few years, leaving a trail of debris. Loss of life is not common, thankfully, but buildings are ripped apart, trees are uprooted, power lines are brought down, and rivers swell to more than double their normal size. It is a scary experience and accidents can easily happen if you’re not prepared.
After a cyclone, we often go for a drive to check out the local region. Waterfalls are at their most fierce after cyclones and heavy rainfall. The Barron Falls in Kuranda, which in the dry season is barely a trickle of water, explodes into a spectacular sight. After a Category 5 cyclone, the rocks you can see in the picture below almost all disappear under a powerful mass of water! It is definitely an amazing force of nature.