Bushfires continue to rage in many areas of Australia but two photographers managed to capture beautiful signs of bush rejuvenating after wildfires.
46-year-old Mary Voorwinde said that she and her friend, Murray Lowe, spent hours exploring an area in New South Wales after seeing some signs of life returning in the forests.
The two photographers captured amazing shots of flora sprouting from burnt-out trees.
“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,” Mary from New South Wales, Australia, said.
“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.”
She continued: “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.
“We haven’t been directly impacted by them, but we’ve been dealing with the smoke for the last three months.”
Mary went on: “That kind of catastrophic circumstances – because we’ve had it within a 5km radius from our homes – it’s certainly been around and very close to us and our community.
“It’s close to work, in the city. It’s everywhere. It’s consumed in our reading and consciences.
“Christmas this year has been quite dull because it’s hard to celebrate when so many lives have been lost.
“I felt compelled to go out and just feel first hand and have a look at what the impacts are. It was a very short drive from the back end of where we live. We went out and had a look.”
She added: “All we wanted to do was convey hope in the face of months and months of tragedy and heartache and sadness.
“Nature is sending us a message that there is hope after such a devastating event.”
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