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Can You imagine the Colours

 

 

It is a trick question as this was taken down near  where the worst of the Tasmainian bushfires struck earlier this year. This is also where people had to get into the sea during the night in order to survive. I cannot imagine for a minute what is must have been like huddled under a pier with a massive bush fire providing the only light and noise. The fire burnt right to the water line and most of the people in the water lost everything they owned except the clothes they had on. So the colours are blacks and browns. It also demonstates how fast the fire roars through as all the trees still have leaves. This was taken just days after the area had been opened up again. By now they would be bare as a result of the damage (gums are evergreen), however come Spring most will shoot lots of lovely green. This tree may not still be there as the trunk was severely burnt it was probably bulldozed when they fixed the fence. As most of the farmers in this area have/had livestock, fencing companies from Victoria volunteered their workers and materials to put up fencing  and were already hard at work when we drove through. 

Can You imagine the Colours

 

 

It is a trick question as this was taken down near  where the worst of the Tasmainian bushfires struck earlier this year. This is also where people had to get into the sea during the night in order to survive. I cannot imagine for a minute what is must have been like huddled under a pier with a massive bush fire providing the only light and noise. The fire burnt right to the water line and most of the people in the water lost everything they owned except the clothes they had on. So the colours are blacks and browns. It also demonstates how fast the fire roars through as all the trees still have leaves. This was taken just days after the area had been opened up again. By now they would be bare as a result of the damage (gums are evergreen), however come Spring most will shoot lots of lovely green. This tree may not still be there as the trunk was severely burnt it was probably bulldozed when they fixed the fence. As most of the farmers in this area have/had livestock, fencing companies from Victoria volunteered their workers and materials to put up fencing  and were already hard at work when we drove through. 

comments (10)

This is a great image of a very sad event Aussie... i am sure that the people will bounce back up and get right to work...
i did a series of four shots taken after a forest fire last summer... some people thought it strange to had posted it...
it i was a story that needed to be told...
This was the last picture of the series:
http://petermeilleur.shutterchance.com/image/2012/08/09/mother-nature-gives-and-takes-4-of-4/
thanks for sharing this mate....petersmile
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Apr 2013, 07:53
I have such mixed emothions seeing and reading about this, Aussie. So much loss...and yet there will be incredible growth and change to come. It's a bittersweet tragedy. Once a fire destroyed my condo and I had to completely start over with all my clothes and possessions, so I know....
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Apr 2013, 08:00
Hard to imagine the scene you describe Aussie! This is a very powerful image
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Apr 2013, 08:46
Indeed hard to imagine the colours. Once I saw a burned wood in the south of France. I know overtime it will grow and the scares will be gone. But the loss of the poeple will be in the heart and soul. You loose everything and cannot be replaced by anything.
Together we are strong (Ginnie's V&V)..... I am glad people came in to volunteer.
BTW a great shot.
I drove many, many kilometers in AU past bush fires. We were stuck in Sydney an extra week because all routes back to Canberra were closed due to fires. It is a terrible sight to see when driving through when you think of all the waste and what has to happen to get everything right again.
Quite a powerful image Aussie!
Without the info I wouldn't have known the extent of the fire damage for sure... as there are still leaves on the trees. How interesting.
It is hard to imagine the ferocity of these bushfires. It is also amazing how the forest regenerate.
What a wonderful old tree. I appreciate your right up - fire is such a damaging - yet renewing force. I feel so sad for the people and what they lost.
Aussie: I think they were all just so grateful that no lives were lost.
how appropriate then to use the high contrast blacks as a reminder for the bush fires.

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