‘So heartening to see’: Spirit-raising photos show the Australian bush coming back to life just weeks after being decimated by fires
- Photos capture new plant growth in bushfire-ravaged area just days after blaze
- Mary Voorwinde captured the images on an outing on the NSW Central Coast
- Images described as ‘eerie but beautiful’ and a symbol of hope amid disaster
Incredible photos have revealed the resilience of the nation’s wildlife as bushfires ravage Australia.
Vibrant green and pink sprouts have been captured pushing through the blackened grounds of bushfire-torn New South Wales, fighting back despite the drought and ongoing fire crisis.
The new life has offered a sense of hope in an otherwise emotional time for many coping with the impacts of the fires.
The images of the vegetation regrowth were captured on the New South Wales Central Coast by local photographer Mary Voorwinde
The images were captured on an outing by two local photographers around the Kulnura area of the New South Wales Central Coast.
One of those was Mary Voorwinde, who shared the images to her Facebook page ‘Photography by Mary’.
She accompanied Terrigal Resident Murray Lowe on a visit to several private properties on the fringes of a state forest in Kulnura on January 6.
‘With all that is lost in nature, there is hope of life again.
Voorwinde described the fire grounds as ‘eerie but beautiful’ after seeing vegetation regrowth in the otherwise burnt-out area of Kulnura on the New South Wales Central Coast (pictured)
‘After a quick trip out to Kulnura today and talking to some of the locals Lee and Mick, who faced the fierce fires before Christmas, it was a humbling experience to visit their property and hear their stories.
‘They spoke of the brave fire fighters and emergency service personnel who helped them through some of the most scariest times of their lives.
‘Stories of sounds so loud it was deafening, the intensity of heat and the shear power and speed of the fire just incomprehensible, lucky for them their house was saved, but only just,’ she wrote.
Pictured: Fires swept through Kulnura on the New South Wales Central coast just before Christmas but life is already returning to the area
The keen landscape photographer went out looking for a happy news story after seeing all the ‘doom and gloom’ in the media.
Ms Voorwinde said it was truly a symbol of hope in among all the images of dead wildlife and burnt out homes.
‘I wanted to show that nature was saying it’s going to be okay.’
Pictured: Photographer Mary Voorwinde said the regrowth in the wake of the New South Wales bushfires was ‘vast’
‘It was eerie being there and then in amongst all this ash and black burnt trunks was all this rejuvenation. It gives you hope,’ she said.
The ‘Three Mile’ fire burnt 45,944 hectares outside Kulnara before being controlled by fire authorities.
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has also shared a series of photos in the aftermath of the fires on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has also shared a series of photos of regrowth in the Bril Bril State Forest in the aftermath of the fires on the mid-north coast of New South Wales
Pictured: The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital said the regrowth in Port Macquarie ‘brought a smile to their faces’ after fires hit the region in early November
The region was one of the first to be hit by high temperatures and catastrophic fires in early November.
Photos capture regrowth around the Bril Bril State Forest.
‘It’s promising to see this State Forest regenerating after the bushfires. New shoots from the trunks of koala food trees, and the sprouting undergrowth brought a smile to our faces,’ the post reads.
Pictured: The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital captured new growth in Bril Bril State Forest in New South Wales after the bushfires hit the mid-north coast
Pictured: New shoots sprout from koala habitat trees after thousands of hectares were ravaged by bushfires on the New South Wales mid north coast