Since September, aggressive bushfires have been obliterating huge areas of the country (more than 6.3 million hectares) and have killed at least half a billion animals.
While the situation seems hopeless, one photographer has captured the resilience of Australia’s natural life. Murray Lowe took his camera to go and see what the fire had done to the bush near his home in New South Wales.
What he captured is surprising – in amongst the burnt out trees and ash, his photos show green and pink flowers growing from the devastation.
Posting the images to Facebook, Lowe said:
Ventured out into the fire grounds today to capture some images of how the Aussie bush responds to fire, and the way it regenerates itself and comes back to life.
He went on:
Even without any rain, life bursts through the burnt bark from the heart of the trees and the life cycle begins again.
Lowe was far from expecting the huge response to his images.
I did not, in my wildest dreams, anticipate the overwhelming response to my photos that I’ve seen. It’s both humbling, and heart-warming.
Lowe is now selling prints and canvases of his work to aid fire relief.