Australia has been ablaze since September and has been seeing the worst impact of bushfires, drought and climate change. Conditions are worsening in the country with alarming rates of pollution making it hard to see and breathe.
The first sunrise of the New Year was especially symbolic over the Australian sky, as it held a message for everyone. A picture captured by a woman shows the sun at dawn mimicking the Aboriginal Flag that has left everyone stunned. South Australian resident Rose Fletcher was quick to capture the tricolored sky and share it on Facebook. The picture was taken by the mouth of the Hindmarsh River in Victor Harbor.
"The rising sun was just a pale disc behind the layers of smoke over the Southern Ocean—and then, for just a few magic seconds, as it moved up through successively dense layers, it formed the Aboriginal flag," Fletcher told Daily Mail Australia. "It was taken on New Year's Day, just after sunrise, when the fires were arguably at their worst, and hearts were heavy and people were frightened — me included." Australia has been ablaze since September and has been seeing the worst impact of bushfires, drought and climate change. Conditions are worsening in the country with alarming rates of pollution making it hard to see and breathe.
⚫️Black – represents the Aboriginal people of Australia— Aaron Thomas (@WRALAaron) 6 January 2020
🟡Yellow circle – represents the Sun, the giver of life and protector
🔴Red – represents the red earth, the red ochre used in ceremonies and Aboriginal peoples’ spiritual relation to the landhttps://t.co/LqPvEI1v7h
The Aboriginal Flag was originally designed by Harold Thomas, a Luritja man of Central Australia. It is a rectangle that is divided into two colors, black and red with a yellow circle in between. According to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Thomas says "the colors of the flag represent the Aboriginal people of Australia, the red ochre color of earth and a spiritual relation to the land and the sun, the giver of life and protector." Fletcher, who saw the sky turn red as the sun rose, said she recognized right away the power of the image and immediately decided to share a picture of it.
“Ancestors Are Saying Something”: Fires Turn Sky Into Aboriginal Flag, Stunning Australians https://t.co/lYPWm6HkLq— JUAN MARIA HERNANDEZ (@JUANMARIAHDEZ) 6 January 2020
"So I went home and put it up on Facebook, hoping that those moments would speak to other people as they spoke to me, and the rest is history," she said. "Thousands of people picked it up and ran with it," she said of the picture. Since the time she uploaded the picture, it has gone viral and has struck a chord with people on social media. The picture has over 3,000 likes and has been shared over 11,000 times. The image was captioned by Fletcher who said, "The rising sun behind all that smoke seems to be recalling the era when this country was truly loved and respected."
Facebook user Janine Baker said, "May your magnificent image act as an agent of change. All the best to you and yours and this country, for the 2020s." Another user, Annette Marner said, "Stunning and an incredibly moving photograph Rose. I too will share it." Aleksandar Brezar tweeted the image and said, "That's a photo of the Australian sky in the midst of the horrible fires compared to the Aboriginal flag (upper right). What a sad, ironic, you-reap-what-you-sow moment for humanity this disaster is turning out to be."