Unprecedented bush fires in Australia were the worst this year. They devastated a huge part of the country. However, Green grasses growing in parts of Kulnura which were on fire three weeks previously has given us hope.
Australia is going through one of the worst fire seasons nowadays. More than 10 million hectares (25 million acres) of the forest has been brought to the ground (an area about the same size as Ohio). At least thirty people and half a billion animals have died since the fires first began in September.
Even though the recent rains and cool weather have helped with the situation, 60 fires are still blazing in some parts of South Wales and Victoria. Moreover, the windy weather that fuels these fires is expected to return sooner than later.
However, we are starting to see small saplings and grass trees that are giving us more hope than anything else. In some recently burnt areas, signs of life are returning. A local photographer Murray Lowe went to investigate how the fire had affected the bush near his home in Kulnura on Central Coast, New South Wales and found green grasses and rose-colored leaves sprouting through the burnt tree trunks.
The photos are trending on social media, and people are ecstatic, for this is a ray of hope amidst all that devastation.
Nature's resiliency is amazing... grass trees have already begun to spout after the fires in Australia pic.twitter.com/Lt3tMuBfHU— Zoheb Davar ⚡️ (@HumphreyZogart) January 22, 2020
Mr. Lowe drove through Kulnura and stopped at the edge of Dhurag National Park, in a small residential community which mostly survived the fire. He explained,
The ground puffed up ash into the air from each footstep as we walked among the tree trunks in the eerie silence and stillness that only fires of this intensity can produce in the aftermath.
After witnessing the total destruction, according to him,
This was the sign of renewal we had been seeking. We were witnessing the rebirth of a forest that Australia is so well-known for
Even some of Australia's national parks have even seen fit to re-open. Aaron Simmon of the National Parks and Wildlife Service said,
We are seeing good signs of recovery throughout the region due to some rain, which has also aided firefighting efforts. We are all hopeful our wonderful waterfalls and rivers will run again soon for all to enjoy."
Even though this ray of hope means everything, we need to bear in mind that Regeneration after a fire occurs over the years, some species re-sprout soon after fire, and others take longer.
Image Source: BBC Australia
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