Australia has been set ablaze. The 2019/20 bushfire season has burned an estimated 10.7 million hectares (26 million acres; 107,000 square kilometres; 41,000 square miles), destroyed over 5,900 buildings (including over 2,204 homes) and killed 29 people as of 11 January 2020. Experts estimate that one billion animals were killed.
In opposite what was declared, the size of the catastrophe wasn’t caused by Global Warming but by arson: according to Australian media, over 200 people have been arrested and charged with arson so far and roughly 85% of the fires were caused by arson. Pictures of burning forests and injured ore dead animals have been haunting people worldwide.
But now, local photographers try to send a message of hope into the world. Their pictures show the burned bush springing back to life just weeks after being decimated by the Australian bushfires.
• Photos capture new plant growth in bushfire-ravaged area just days after blaze
• Mary Voorwinde captured the images on an outing on the NSW Central Coast
• Images described as ‘eerie but beautiful’ and a symbol of hope amid disaster
The images were captured on an outing by two local photographers around the Kulnura area of the New South Wales Central Coast.
One of those was Mary Voorwinde, who shared the images to her Facebook page ‘Photography by Mary’.
She accompanied Terrigal Resident Murray Lowe on a visit to several private properties on the fringes of a state forest in Kulnura on January 6.
Ms Voorwinde captioned her post with an emotional message describing the sense of hope she felt after seeing the new life.
‘With all that is lost in nature, there is hope of life again.
‘After a quick trip out to Kulnura today and talking to some of the locals Lee and Mick, who faced the fierce fires before Christmas, it was a humbling experience to visit their property and hear their stories.
‘They spoke of the brave fire fighters and emergency service personnel who helped them through some of the most scariest times of their lives.
‘Stories of sounds so loud it was deafening, the intensity of heat and the shear power and speed of the fire just incomprehensible, lucky for them their house was saved, but only just,’ she wrote.
The keen landscape photographer went out looking for a happy news story after seeing all the ‘doom and gloom’ in the media.
Ms Voorwinde said it was truly a symbol of hope in among all the images of dead wildlife and burnt out homes.
‘I wanted to show that nature was saying it’s going to be okay.’
Source: Dailymail (read more)
Pictures: Mary Voorwinde