After being shocked by the destruction the bushfire crisis had left behind wherever it spread, the world finally got a chance to hope.
People were delighted to learn that bushes in the fire-devastated areas of Australia are regrowing again, and the images of greenery and plant life growing out of the charred ground heartened many.
The photos were taken by local photographer Murray Lowe in the Kulnara area.
He wanted to document the fire-hit areas as a break from his “normal coastal sunrise images”, and on his way to Kulnura, he stopped at the edge of Dhurag National Park, in a small residential community which largely survived the fire.
The retired vehicle inspector explained:
“The ground puffed up ash into the air from each footstep as we walked among the tree trunks in the eerie silence and stillness that only fires of this intensity can produce in aftermath.”
Seeing that plants are regrowing after the chaos the bushfires caused gave him hope:
“This was the sign of renewal we had been seeking. We were witnessing the rebirth of a forest that Australia is so well-known for.”
His photos went viral almost immediately after he posted them on Facebook.
In his post, Mr. Lowe explained:
“Ventured out into the fire grounds today to capture some images of how the Aussie bush responds to fire, and the way it regenerates itself and comes back to life. Even without any rain, life bursts through the burnt bark from the heart of the trees and the life cycle begins again.
It’s so heartening to see the bush coming back to life again.”
He encouraged people to share the photos and the hope they symbolize, and in an update of the post, he wrote:
“I did not, in my wildest dreams, anticipate the overwhelming response to my photos that I’ve seen. It’s both humbling and heart-warming.”
He sells the photos to donate the profits to the victims of the fires.
Numerous people commented on the photos, claiming that they “bring hope”, and that seeing the ground rebirth is a “glorious sight to see”.
Life reborn from the charred trunk of a tree in Kulnara, NSW. (Murray Lowe, Facebook)
These plants, known as Black Boys, or Grass Trees, spring to life, and they can only reproduce with the help of fire. Heat from the fire cracks the plant’s hard seed. (Murray Lowe, Facebook)
Regardless of the draught, new growth in abundance. (Murray Lowe, Facebook)
Green hope bursting in the charred bush. Photo by Illuka resident Nikayla Rae Austin, on the NSW north coast. (Facebook)
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital explained:”New shoots from the trunks of koala food trees, and the sprouting undergrowth brought a smile to our faces.” (Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, Instagram)