Sunday, October 29, 2006

Ten months after the bushfires in Brisbane Ranges

It's ten months since the dreadful bushfires that raged through Anakie Brisbane Ranges area. At the weekend we drove from Geelong to Greendale via Ballan so saw the recovery. Leaves sprouted from tree trunks giving a strange furry look and there were many grass trees in flower. The landscape is no longer so blackened and bleak but still there are many trees that are starkly black and will not recover.


Blogger Penny said...

Now this one is interesting, I love the black snakey look to the tree. Hope it doesnt happen here this year, although there wont be much grass left soon.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

We stopped beside the road for just a few minutes for me to sketch, then later at a house - in one of those new outer suburbs - I borrowed the felt-pens of a little five-year-old to add to the sketch.
The country is so dry. Our Geelong water resources are about 28% full, that's all.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

It must be nice to see lots of flowering grass trees. I always think the other resprouting trees look like pipecleaners

1:35 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Pipecleaners? Yes, they do.
I might do a couple of paintings based on these sketches. Felt-pen is not very subtle so I might try some watercolour.

12:31 PM  
Blogger The Moody Minstrel said...

From what we understood from our ranger guide during our bushwalk in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, many plants in Australia are specially adapted to fire. Several species literally require it to reproduce.

The same could be said of the great fir/spruce forests of the Pacific Northwest back home. For the better part of the past century fire crews have fought to suppress forest fires, and only now are they starting to realize that they are actually an essential part of the ecosystem, wiping out invasive hardwoods and brush to allow the fire-resistant firs and spruces to grow.

The cycle of life continues.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

I wonder too if this is true of human experience. A bushfire might be needed to crack open the seeds for some species to survive. Does a shock to the system sometimes make a person wake up and find a new direction?

12:03 AM  

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