With the bushfires continuing to rage in Australia, two photographers gave their country a little bit of hope after capturing some photos of signs of life on an Australian bush.
Photographer Mary Voorwinde and a friend spent hours exploring Kulnura in Australia.
And that’s when they noticed a bush coming back to life after being destroyed in the fires.
She was able to capture the bush re-growing out of the burnt tree trunks.
Mary said, “”I was overwhelmed in the way I saw nature just come to life after about three to four weeks. It was actually a sense of hope that I felt.”
“There was one particular image which has all the charred bark on it and you can see the growth and the red bark which sits underneath it.”
“It’s almost like a shell. That to me is a powerful image because that conveys nature’s resilience. In any catastrophe we build resilience. It was a message of hope.”
“We spent hours on this photographing and exploring. We have been overwhelmed because not far from where we live have been all the fires.We haven’t been directly impacted by them, but we’ve been dealing with the smoke for the last three months.
“That kind of catastrophic circumstances – because we’ve had it within a 5km radius from our homes – it’s certainly been around and very close to us and our community. It’s close to work, in the city. It’s everywhere. It’s consumed in our reading and consciences.”
“Christmas this year has been quite dull because it’s hard to celebrate when so many lives have been lost. I felt compelled to go out and just feel first hand and have a look at what the impacts are. It was a very short drive from the back end of where we live. We went out and had a look.”
“All we wanted to do was convey hope in the face of months and months of tragedy and heartache and sadness.”
“Nature is sending us a message that there is hope after such a devastating event.”
She took several photos of The Australian bush and posted in her Facebook page which has since racked up almost 30,000 like and over 40,000 shares. Her post didn’t come without people claiming it was photoshopped while others quickly pointed out the fact that these fires did start back in September so there would have been plenty of time for them to regrow.