Bushfires had been raging in the south of Sydney for two days when I noticed that the clouds hovering over the harbour were low and wispy. As devastating as bushfires can be in Australia, they also make for the most breathtaking photos. I knew that. So, as the sun arced towards the horizon, I gathered my kids and raced — through peak hour traffic — to one of my favourite locations in Sydney: Bradleys Head. Here I set up this shot. And I must say, it was almost as though this photo wanted to be taken. Everything just seemed to fall into place: the settings on my camera were right the first time, the length of the exposure perfect, and the colour was gorgeous. Thankfully, there was no loss of life in the bushfires. But I still call this shot “Beauty from the Beast.” A reminder that beauty isn’t always gentle, or nice.