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I visited the Grampians National Park in Victoria two weeks after the major bushfire that decimated much of the park. The trip had been planned well before the fire went through and after speaking to the locals I decided to stick with my plans.

The sight was shocking.

Standing on a ridge the damage was obvious. Once green trees were now black posts and many had fallen. Paths that had once been hidden behind the dense scrub were now clearly visible. And all of this was repeated in every direction for as far as the eye could see. For me this was heartbreaking as this area is so beautiful and so full of wildlife.

So you can imagine my delight when I saw that, just a few short weeks after the fire, nature had already started the healing process. Everywhere I looked new growth was beginning to emerge from the bark of the burnt trees.

Nikon D70s Tamron 18-200mm lens ISO 200

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Winner in Bushfire Season! Challenge Australia! You’re Standing In It group Jan 2010

Top Ten in Regrowth Challenge Australian Bush group 23 Nov 2009

Featured in Australian Bush group 23 Nov 2009

Featured in Australian Travel Photography & Writing group 8 Feb 2010

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  • Digidi
    Digidiabout 5 years ago

    a wonderful sight,nature rules

  • Doesn’t it just. :)

    – SusanAdey

  • MissyD
    MissyDabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot, the red looks great against the black!

  • Thanks, Missy. :)

    – SusanAdey

  • TiffanyOpalite
    TiffanyOpaliteabout 5 years ago

    Reminds me of the story of the Phoenix. New life always springs up. What a find though and a beautiful capture! :)

  • Thanks Tiffany. It is a bit like the Phoenix. :)

    – SusanAdey

  • Paula McManus
    Paula McManusabout 5 years ago

    beautiful symbolism Susan – the bush regenerates itself and I’m sure it will be more beautiful than ever :)

  • Thanks, Paula :)

    – SusanAdey

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreabout 5 years ago

    Excellent composition. Fantastic.

  • Thanks William :)

    – SusanAdey

  • adgray
    adgrayabout 5 years ago

    Your art has featured in the Australian Bush ☼ Group
    for being in the Top Ten of the Regrowth Challenge

    November 2009 ☼ B R A V O !!!

  • Thanks very much :)

    – SusanAdey

  • jayview
    jayviewabout 5 years ago

    a brilliant shot – and congratulations!

  • Thanks so much. :)

    – SusanAdey

  • stickelsimages
    stickelsimagesabout 5 years ago

    Great shot Susan
    great testament to the power of nature to get on with the job…
    Cheers Lee

  • Thanks, Lee. Yeah nature is a wonder, :)

    – SusanAdey

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful image Susan & a great sign so soon after the fires. I saw new fronds on a tree fern just 3 weeks after the fires near Balook.
    I love the stark contrast of the new red foliage against the black trunk.

  • Thanks Michael. It was a good sign to see the regrowth.

    – SusanAdey

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 5 years ago

    Your gorgeous photo WON the Bushfire Season Challenge in the Australia! You’re Standing In It…group – Beautiful work!

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