Friday, December 16, 2011

Bush Fire / Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

This is the aftermath of a bush fire in the Blue Mountains of Australia...a few hours from Sydney, NSW...
The fire came to the property line of a beautiful hotel where we stayed just 3 weeks after the flames were put out.

Please click on images to enlarge!

My husband and I walked down this road to the bottom of the valley.
The fog and rain made it an eerie few hours!

Amazingly, this yellow wheel escaped the flames!

And, equally amazing, the regeneration of this tree fern is just 3 weeks old.

raindrops on a little something that escaped the flames...

 The fog looks like smoke.  The burn smell was still quite strong in the damp weather.

 We weren't alone...someone else is braving the fog and rain, too.
The fire ends at this point...quite amazing!

16 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Great series of photos, I love the foggy scenes and tree fern looks pretty standing out. Have a great weekend and Happy Scenic Sunday!

michael bird said...

Good stuff from a scene of devastation, Carolyn. Especially like your emphasis on the wonder of the things left untouched and the bright new beginnings. (Tks for the visit and your comments. See that you are traveling as we did. That, too, is good stuff.)

Genie said...

It is amazing what Mother Nature can do. You would think it would due years before anything would grow again in this area, and only after 3 weeks there is new growth. Wildfires are so devastating. We have had some bad ones here in VA but not o flat. I am sososo afraid of fire. My daddy was a safety engineer, so I am OCD about it. Your photos are beautiful though the material you photographed is very sad. genie

Tammie Lee said...

raindrops
a few weeks to late
though they say that bush fires are good for the land
yes it looks haunting indeed

Scott said...

Too bad about the fire, but you certainly captured some beautiful scenes there. I'm so jealous of your trip down under. Good to see you back though.

One said...

It 's good to see that the ferns springs back to life quickly. Great captures.

Ms. Burrito said...

So pretty!

Some Yellow, please come and see.

NixBlog said...

Our bushfires here in Australia are all to freuent and they can cause immense devastation. However, they are part of nature's cycle and some plant seeds will not germinate unless they go through a bushfire's intense heat.
Great photos!

Cafe au lait said...

Beautiful shots.

My Blue Monday.

Liz said...

The fire is sad news but these are great photos.

Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC

Mona said...

sad thing anyway, still enjoying the photos especially the big yellow wheel.

Leah H. said...

Then yellow wheel was a great survivor:)

Visiting for MYM! Hope you can visit mine too:)

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beccagivens said...

I can relate to the destruction of fires as we had devastating wildfires after record breaking heat and drought ... it is amazing how Mother Nature recuperates with such beauty among such devastation. The yellow wheel does stand out as a beacon of sunshine! Happy Monday!

Ann said...

you visited Australia. Will you visit New Zealand on your next trip?

Amazing the yellow wheel wasn't even charred black.

wifetoalineman02 said...

what a pretty view, love the woods also :-), what a big wheel too :-) Dropping some love for MYM, hope that you can return the favor too.

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Francisca said...

Lovely images of regeneration after devastation. And the fog does indeed make the woods feel eerie.