In Australia Summer starts on the 1st of December, and while we tend to think of summer as hot weather, beaches, sand, barbecues, water, flies and snakes there is something else that usually happens that none of us want to think about, bushfires. There are always fires here, somewhere. It is the unfortunate reality of a country like Australia, there will be fires, and we just hope they aren’t anywhere near us and that the loss of life will be nil or close to that. The other day I was back up in Kinglake taking another look at how the bush area there is growing and I also went to some areas that I hadn’t been to before.
In February it will be 6 six years since the worse bushfires in Australian history, the Black Saturday fires. It all happened, pretty much, in one day, 173 people lost their lives and 2100 homes were destroyed, and it is something that none of us ever want repeated. Now, 6 years later the communities are still rebuilding and the only place where you can still be reminded of the fires is the bushland. The new trees are growing, but the dead wood of the burned trees still dominant over the landscape.
Kinglake was one of the worst affected areas with the fires decimating the surrounding area. The bushland around Kinglake, the national park, was completely destroyed, most homes around it were as well.
I love going back and watching how the area is slowly growing back, one day you will hardly be able to see the dead trees sticking up out of the canopy.
There are already areas that have regenerated enough that it is almost impossible to tell that the fires went through there.
So I thought I would dedicate this post to the bushfires and the victims as a reminder to all of us that we need to be vigilant and that we need to be very careful, especially anywhere where a fire could start. The black Saturday fires were close to home for me, they stopped less that 30 kms from my home, and if the wind hadn’t changed when it did, well, a lot more people would have been homeless.
This is what summer in Australia can be, it is part of what happens here and we have to be prepared for it. I should apologise, I didn’t mean it to be a morbid post, but more a reminder of what was and what is now.
I’ve seen some photos of the snow storm that has hit part of the states, and I hope everyone there is safe and sound. I also hope the snow has stopped. Take care if you live there, Amy if you are reading this, I mean you. So I will leave you with a gallery now, my reminder of what can happen, but also how much we recover and move on.