Green grasses growing in parts of Kulnura which were on fire three weeks previously The unprecedented bushfires sweeping parts of Australia have devastated huge areas of the country’s natural environment. At least half a billion animals and countless trees, plants and other living things have been killed since the fires began in September. More than 6.3 million hectares (63,000 sq km or 15.6 million acres) have been burned so far – one hectare is roughly the size of a sports field. But in some recently-burned areas, signs of life are returning, as captured by local photographer Murray Lowe, who went to investigate how fire had affected the bush near his home in Kulnura on Central Coast, New South Wales. A very simple guide to the fires Walking on the grey ash, next to mobile phone masts downed by the fire that ravaged the area in late December, he found green grasses and rose-coloured leaves sprouting through burnt tree trunks. The photos have been shared thousands of times on social media since Mr Lowe, who’s 71, posted them on Monday, as people search for hope amid the devastation. Some plant species have evolved to re-sprout very quickly after fire A […]

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