In Australia, our fire brigade and parks services burn sections of forest in order to help reduce the severity of bushfires (I know: setting a forest on fire to stop a forest catching fire makes sense). Just the other day they burned a section near where I live in the Dandenong Ranges and when they put signs up saying the burn was over, I decided to go and have a look.
The morning after the fires I got up before sunrise and made my way out into the forest. I walked, and ran from excitement, through the still-smouldering ashes and past trees quietly crackling. When the sun came out it streamed through the trees and the smoke, making for the most beautiful light show I’ve ever seen in a forest.
I can’t wait to go back and photograph this location again as it starts to regenerate and splashes of green spatter the black landscape.
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