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Beyond the razing


Rebirth


Source: The Guardian


           The New South Wales bush fires of October 2013 were the worst the state has seen since 1960's. Fortunately there were only two fatalities (unlike the horrific Victorian bush fires of 2009). Dry fuel loads coupled with hot windy weather caused the problems, mostly started by lightening though as usual, there were some human interference. Many homes were destroyed in addition to thousands of kilometres of bushland (and no doubt many animals).



Source: Gary Hayes


        It's not all bad, particularly for the bush, as it can assist in a healthy growth cycle. I was in the Blue Mountains in December 2013 and made a trip to shoot footage of part of the burnt out areas. While far from the worst area, it remained interesting.

        I returned in January to take more footage of an area untouched to fulfill the following video's purpose of documenting the cycle in an artistic way.

       I hope you find it engaging in some form. 









Source: SMH



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4 comments:

  1. No words? I was thinking while watching, that if people did not live in these bush areas then it would not seem to matter so much, as the area could be burnt off and then it would regrow, and while that process is happening, people could go visit somewhere else. Lack of fences would make it easier for many of the animals to escape too. But burnt trees don't look so great, and people who live in the bush don't want their eyes hurt by burnt trees. Having never lived in an area that was burnt in a bushfire, I can't really imagine what it is like while you wait for the bush to rejuvinate. It would probably take a decade at least for foilage to hide much of the burnt trunks. I have lived right out in the country, but that was in farmland. I have also fought bush fires when I worked with the forestry commission, now the dept of sustainability, so I have seen first hand the damage a fire can do. With climate change it is only going to get worse.

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  2. The audio really impacted this one. I got chills and my heart raced - very powerful, Anthony.

    It's a good reminder of the reality that, though ironic, there's beauty in devastation.

    xoRobyn

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  3. Sorry for the bush fires you had. It's a horrible death to burn!

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  4. I live in an area like that. We are either recovering from a fire, having a fire, or having mud slides in fire areas. The renewal process really is a great thing, but here, the authorities do not agree about letting things burn at all. The less often the land burns, the worse the fire is when it does happen.
    Great post Anthony...

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