The long hard road to Recovery

On Saturday 7th of Febuary 2009, Melbourne temperatures hit a record high of 46.4 °C (115.5 °F) the hottest temperature ever recorded in an Australian capital city, humidity was as low as 6% and winds in excess of 100km were recorded. At 11:20 the first fires were spotted by the time they were extinguished over a month and a half later 173 people had died, 3,500 buildings were destroyed and 4500 km² 450,000 ha (1,100,000 acres) were burnt. The amount of energy released during the firestorm in the Kinglake-Marysville area was equivalent to the amount of energy released by 1,500 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs.

Six months on I visited the forests above Marysville and disturbing as it is thought I would share a few before and after shots of some waterfalls I visited.

Cumberland Falls
Before

After

Upper Cumberland Falls
Before

After (note that even the moss next to a water course has been burnt off the rocks)

Cora Lynn Falls
Before

After

The scale of this disaster on a human and natural level is hard to comprehend.

Hopefully one day I’ll get to re-shoot these locations after they have fully regenerated.

Trav

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