Pic of the Week_Burnt Trees and Re-growth_Yarra Ranges

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 55mm Exposure Details: 1/25 second @ f8 ISO 200 Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 55mm Exposure Details: 1/25 second @ f8 ISO 200

This image was made just outside of Marysville, one of the towns most devastated by the Black Saturday bushfires of February 7th this year. All but 14 of the towns 400 buildings were destroyed with 14 deaths recorded in the area. It has been confirmed that the fire that decimated Marysville was deliberately lit. The fire then combined with another creating a huge fire front 100 km long.

400 individuals fires were recorded on the day resulting in 173 deaths and 500 injuries. Of the 3,500 structures destroyed 2,200 were homes.

This is an important image for me to make as it expresses a powerful metaphor - that of life and death. Some may prefer to read that as life after death. I love the way these blackened trees have sprouted new, verdant growth. The fact that the landscape appears to be recovering so soon after the initial devastation, inflicted upon it by human hands, provides us all with a sense of awe and a measure of hope for our own future.

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