Back in January I came to the Mallee and I went out to take photos at Lake Albacutya after fires had ripped through the parks and destroyed a lot of bushland. I did a post on it back then, Weekend Wanderings – A Burnt Country. You should take a look at those photos first, if it isn’t too late. Today I had an opportunity to go out and visit the area again and my guide was, again, Jonesy.
The weather was horrible, and gall force winds were blowing icy winds. We drove around and I was reminded of what the area looked like back in January, and how trees, like the one above were. It is a harsh slap of reality really. This tree was about a metre and a half across, so very old, and now very much gone. The whole inside of it was burned. I have other photos of it in the gallery and you can see how the whole part of the bottom was burned out. It is a very hollow tree now.
There is something in this image, I don’t want to give it away, see if you can find it, hint we saw a lot of them as we were driving around.
Flowers are starting to flower. It was so nice to see some colour there. Of course there is a lot of green, lots and lots of green. I can’t wait to go back in the spring and see the wild flowers.
This is a Wattle seedling, and they are growing everywhere, apparently they are one of the first things to grow back after a fire.
It was so lovely seeing all the trees regenerating as we were there. You could see the new shoots coming up from the bottom of the Mallee gum trees. It still looks like a bomb site, or somewhere where fires have been, but with green grass growing all over the ground, and then the regeneration shows the life is returning, or perhaps continuing.
Jonesy took us to where his retreat had been burned out, and we had a look around, but I am happy to report that he has started to rebuild, and we enjoyed a coffee made in the bush kitchen, and around a warm fire. It was great, though somewhat weird, sitting enjoying the warmth of the fire, knowing the reason we were where we were because of a fire. Jonesy has called his new place Lucky Pines, in honour of the pine trees that didn’t burn in the fire.
It was great to visit the place again, and I was shown some new places and got some great photos, they will have to wait until another day. I do have more photos for you today to take a look at. I hope your weekend is going well and has included lots of wanderings. I have done so much in the last few days I am a bit worn out.