The painting depicts a fire dreaming.
In nearly all the stories about the origin of fire, the element of water is associated
with the creatures who try to hide or destroy fire such as the fresh water crocodile,
the pythons or the perch that are shown here. The element of air which is akin to fire
is the habitat of birds, in this case the crow. The crows are shown circling the sky
looking for embers to collect which are glowing on the ground below. The crows are
the makers and keepers of fire.