After the Fires

Burnt leaves, Alpine Shire, Victoria, Australia

Due to the mostly hot, dry summer climate, bushfires in Australia occur frequently, particularly in the well forested areas of the Australian Alps. In recent times the Victorian Alps have been periodically subject to major bushfires and have been almost entirely burnt through by bushfires on various occasions, notably; Black Thursday in 1851, Black Friday in 1939, and during fires in 2003 and 2006-07. I visited the Victorian Alps shortly after the fires in 2006 and 2007 and found this collection of singed leaves and bark covering the ground, making for an interesting abstract scene.