Australian Bushfire - Regeneration - Trees by © Linda Callaghan

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With bushfire season upon us I decided to paint this painting of a scene I captured on camera whilst coming back from a holiday recently. I was taken aback at the devastation that a fire had caused down the South Coast of Australia in Murramarang National Park. After leaving a beautiful beach only hours earlier it was a stark reminder of the ugly side of nature. A few hot days, and a strong wind can bring disasterous results and our future is becoming more ominous as our climate continues to heat up. We do not dominate nature at all but nature dominates us!

As I walked into the burnt bush one thing that struck me were the tiny leaves sprouting forth from the black trunks of the trees, I just had to capture this moment as a sign of nature regenerating itself refusing to be beaten.

27cm x 20cm watercolour painting with white prisma colour pastel for ash effect.


The land was burnt its trees stripped bare
the animals gone, I held my stare.
Devastation all around, but there on a tree
leaves sprung forth for all to see!

Linda Callaghan

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  • Alex Gardiner
    Alex Gardinerover 4 years ago

    Magnificent colours and composition Taffy.Great work.
    The Auld Yin.

  • thanks so much Auld Yin! appreciate your comment always.

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 4 years ago

    oh my Linda,this is incredible! Bravo love!! AWESOMENESS!!!!!

  • thanks so very much Tahnja …bushfire season is upon us hope it is not too devastating….stay safe and happy :-)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    Fabulous work Linda , it always amazws me how nature works . x

  • me too Irene…thank you so very much :-)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaover 4 years ago

    very nice painting which subject i can’t paint.

  • thank you kindly Hidemi I am sure you could if you gave it a go :-)….I am no good at portraits :-) ! lol….

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Richard  Tuvey
    Richard Tuveyover 4 years ago

    Linda this is just sensational, many congratulations, definitely one of my favourites!.

  • thank you for that great comment Richard and for the fave…appreciated always :-)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • katymckay
    katymckayover 4 years ago

    Love the composition Linda…fantastic colours..Isn’t nature wonderful ?well done !!!!

  • thank you very much Katy I do appreciate your time and comments
    :-) nature is definitely wonderful!

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 4 years ago

    wonderful painting well done!!!

  • thank you so very much Catherine :-)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 4 years ago

    w0w! brilliant creativity sweetheART gorgeous painting – inst fave ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • thank you so very much Val :-)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • GloriaDK
    GloriaDKover 4 years ago

    This is only too true on the weather situation here when it gets out of control, but rebirth is encouraging. We just trust for the safety of people.

  • that is for sure Gloria….bushfire season is always a worry….thank you for your comment :-)

    – © Linda Callaghan

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 4 years ago

    We are always concerned when we see in the news that another firs has raged through and devastated your did a great job of capturing that Linda…the hopeful signs of growth keeps it from being a totally sad statement…

  • sorry Janis thought I had replied to this one….thank you so much…yes it was a stark contrast to where we stayed at the beach and 10 mins away we found this…was good to see the little leaves..thanks again…

    – © Linda Callaghan

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