Photographer's Note

This photo was taken near Falls Creek in Victoria's mountain country, three months after bushfires burnt over 10 000 square kilometres of forest in Victoria. Some areas were almost completely burnt out. But this Eucalyptus tree has risen from the ashes. Appropriately, its common name is alpine ash.

It takes a lot to kill a Eucalyptus. After the fire burns off all the leaves and the outer bark, new green shoots spring up from underneath the bark, where they were protected from the heat of the fire. These will generate new branches and the tree will rise fom the ashes. Most of the trees in the background were burnt too severely to grow back.

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Additional Photos by Vincent Morand (vjmite) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 31 N: 776] (4216)
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