Last week we experienced a heat wave in Victoria, with highest-ever temperatures being recorded in some locations. The intense heat led to many fires across the entire State, resulting in a smoke-filled atmosphere. Fanned by strong wind, the smoke drifted for hundreds of kilometers. For a few hours on Friday afternoon, while it drifted across our place, the combination of the intense sunlight filtering through smoke haze and cloud resulted in an eerie mauve-orange light that almost turned the landscape to sepia tones. In this light most things looked sepia, but the tree trunks stood out with strong rich colours and tones.