It's a big country ... and it has some really big things occurring naturally.
But we don't stop at that.
We like to build things .... really, really BIG things.
I don't know why ... but it's clearly a part of the Australian psyche and culture.
We build them ... and then we go and visit them.
We load up the car ... and the kids ... and head off on a road trip ... usually during the stinking hot summer holidays.
We drive for hours ... or days ... and when we finally get there ... we stand in front of them ... and get our photos taken.
It's an Australian tradition.
This is just a very small sample of our big things ... you could travel all over the country in search of big things ... and you'd find them ... everywhere.
Here on the NSW Central Coast ... we have our very own BIG thing ... granted it's not as big as some of the other BIGGER things ... but we love him dearly ... he's a local icon.
Yesterday was a horrible, horrible day. The temperatures were in the high thirties (Celsius) ... the wind was blowing a gale ... and we had not had any decent rain for weeks and weeks. This can only mean one thing ... bushfires.
This was the sky at my place yesterday afternoon ... so I knew there was one not too far away.
By evening it was all over Facebook ... evacuations, homes lost and horror of horrors our BIG thing ... gone.
Our hearts go out to all those that have lost their homes ... and all their belongings ... but thankfully not their lives.
But then ... as the smoke cleared ... on a new ... and thankfully cooler day ... he rose like a phoenix from the ashes ... our Friday morning miracle.