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​Australian Bush Sprouts New Life After Being Destroyed By Horrific Fires

​Australian Bush Sprouts New Life After Being Destroyed By Horrific Fires

After months of bushfires ravaging the landscape of Australia, some newly emerged photographs are bringing hope.

Whilst fires rage on, a woman from New South Wales, Australia, has visited an affected area not far from where she lives and has noticed new signs of life.

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Mary Voorwinde from Kulnura, took a trip to woodland just 5km away from her home that was recently burned badly and noticed shoots of fauna sprouting from charcoal black tree trunks that look dead from fire.

Mary, 46, felt urged to explore charred landscapes with a friend after the wildfire had passed to see the impact and was pleasantly surprised to see signs of life.

She calls it a message of hope from nature that all is not lost.

The fires, which have been burning since September, have killed at least 24 people so far and burned 6.3 million hectares of bush, forest and parks, according to the BBC, thanks to hot droughts and strong winds causing rapid spread.

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The wildlife photographer was surprised to see signs of life so soon (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
The wildlife photographer was surprised to see signs of life so soon (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)

Heartbreakingly, an estimated 480 million animals have also been killed in the blaze

Mary claims her own home was just 5km from being burned and has had to deal with the impacts of smoke inhalation for months.

But while things look hopeless, Mary, has had her spirits raised to see nature fighting back even in such devastating circumstances.

Her pictures show pink leaves beginning to shoot from singed trunks, while others show trees looking virtually untouched by the fire despite being surrounded by burned branches.

Mary is confident the pictures will bring hope (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
Mary is confident the pictures will bring hope (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)

Mary commented: "I was overwhelmed in the way I saw nature just come to life after about three to four weeks. It was actually a sense of hope that I felt.

"There was one particular image which has all the charred bark on it and you can see the growth and the red bark which sits underneath it.

"It's almost like a shell. That to me is a powerful image because that conveys nature's resilience. In any catastrophe we build resilience. It was a message of hope.

"We spent hours on this photographing and exploring. We have been overwhelmed because not far from where we live have been all the fires.

Some pictures showed oddly how the fires charred most trees but left others (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
Some pictures showed oddly how the fires charred most trees but left others (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)

"We haven't been directly impacted by them but we've been dealing with the smoke for the last three months.

"It's certainly been around and very close to us and our community.

"It's close to work, in the city. It's everywhere."

She also added that Christmas hasn't been very celebratory this year, when so many lives had been lost throughout the country.

The fires in this woodland in New South Wales were just 5km from Mary's home (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
The fires in this woodland in New South Wales were just 5km from Mary's home (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)

"All we wanted to do was convey hope in the face of months and months of tragedy and heartache and sadness," she added.

"Nature is sending us a message that there is hope after such a devastating event."

If you'd like to help support those affected by the fires, there are a number of charities and organisations you can donate to, including the World Wildlife Fund, the Australian Red Cross, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and Wildlife Warriors.

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Topics: Life, Real Life, Australia

Lauren Bell

A freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a journalism degree, Lauren started off in real life magazines before moving into the fashion and lifestyle sector at the likes of Mail Online and Sun Online. Contact Tyla: [email protected]

 

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