Captain Juan Biggles saves the day

By: pixbyshumbles

Nov 02 2012

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Category: November 2012


Focal Length:100mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 600D

We were done exploring the little town of Macael and thought we’d venture up the mountain so’s to get a good view of the area.

On the way up a pair of daredevil teenagers on a moped came hurtling in the opposite direction gesturing at us to slow down. Pesky teenagers, what do they know. Probably off to score drugs or something.

To underline our disapproval (how middle-aged are we?!) The Brazilian put his foot on the accelerator. Up the mountain we shot.

Until we saw smoke rising into the air.

Hmm. What’s this? Bloody teenagers. Tsk *lips pursed like a constipated cat’s arse


And once again, straight into the arms of the Policia Civil.

Who waved us on up the road.

Toward the fire. Public safety, pah!

We continued, passing some more chaps in uniform standing around rubbing their chins. And then we felt it. The heat came searing through the windows of the car. Flames licking the dried vegetation just a few feet above us.

What did we do? Turn around and go home?

Hell no. We stayed for the show.

And what a show.

For an hour or so we stood gaping at the sky, me pointing the zoom lens and frantically clicking like a dervish as helicopter after helicopter flew directly into the flames, pouring gallons of water onto the mountain top.

And then this happened, what looked (to me, the uneducated) like a World War II plane flown by a very capable Juan Biggles, arrived on the scene and with, I like to imagine, a shriek of Chocks Away (or the Spanish equivalent), dumped this red powdery stuff onto the fire.

That won’t work, sure that’s just muck, I pouted.

Noooo, of course it will hon.

And, readers, The Brazilian was right. Slowly the angry orange flames were sated, turning into smouldering embers.

And then the rain came. Not so much confining itself to the plains in Spain, as the saying goes, but all over our heaving clothes line. Huff.


3 comments on “Captain Juan Biggles saves the day”

  1. gosh were you not scared, being so close? in Croatia this past summer we had wild fires almost daily (on the Dalmatian coast) and the Canadair planes were flying low touching the Adriatic to fill up with water and go to try and put out the fires. From what the locals were saying, they were started by vandals, or by some landowners who want to burn their land so it is worth more (as building land rather than agricultural land…)

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