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Bushfires

Bushfires have a devastating effect on the natural vegetation of the Australian Bush. An area of about 5 hectares was burnt in Perth's popular Kings Park on 16 January 2009. Sadly, this is believed to be the work of an arsonist. Seven weeks later, I returned to Kings Park to view the aftermath of this fire and it is sad to see the extensive loss of vegetation and habitat. One year has now elapsed since the bushfire and a return visit brings new photos to show how the vegetation is coping with the struggle for survival. Area re-visited in September 2010 and additional photos show regrowth following a dry winter with very cold nights, 20 months after the Bushfire. Re-visited the area again in August 2012 and an additional twelve photos show the regeneration that has occurred over three and a half years since the devasting bushfire.

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Billowing Smoke
16 January 2009.
Bushfire in Kings Park was the work of an arsonist.


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Bushfire in Kings Park
16 January 2009.
Taken through Bus window.


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Aftermath of Kings Park Bushfire
04 February 2009.
Panorama of part of the 5 hectares which were burnt in Kings Park on 16 January.


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Approaching the Burnt Area seven weeks after Fire
04 March 2009.

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Hillside Burnt both sides of the Path
04 March 2009.

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Looking down the Hillside to Swan River
04 March 2009.

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Charred Signpost
04 March 2009.

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Law Walk in Kings Park is a popular Uurban Bushland Trail
04 March 2009.

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Blackened Trunks
04 March 2009.

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All Groundcover consumed by Fire
04 March 2009.

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Once a Tree Trunk, now Charcoal
04 March 2009.

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Charcoal and Ash
04 March 2009.

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New Green Zamia Fronds contrast with the Black
04 March 2009.

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Charred Grasstrees with a Tuft of Green at the Top
04 March 2009.

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New Life in the Zamia Fronds
04 March 2009.

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Trunk reduced to Charcoal
04 March 2009.

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Charred Grasstrees sprout new Tufts of Green
04 March 2009.

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View across the Burnt Ground to the Swan River
04 March 2009.

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Looking up the Slope of the Hillside
04 March 2009.

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Charcoal and Ash on the Hillside
04 March 2009.

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Charred Sheoak Seed Cones
04 March 2009.

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Sheoak Seed Cones burst by Heat and Seeds Dispersed
04 March 2009.

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A Blackened Skeleton
04 March 2009.

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Blackened Trunks on Bare Ground
04 March 2009.

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Habitat destroyed by Fire
04 March 2009.

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Ash and Charcoal are a grim reminder of the Fire
04 March 2009.

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Revisit to Bushfire Ravaged Area
25 May 2009. Four months after the Fire.

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New Life of young Hardenbergia
Rain has finally come to this scorched area. New life appears. 25 May 2009.

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The Green of New Life
25 May 2009.

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Suckers at the base of Charred Trunk
25 May 2009.

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Side-shoot from Sheoak Trunk
25 May 2009.

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Some may never Recover
25 May 2009.

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Charred Sheoak Trees
25 May 2009.

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Zamias have survived well
25 May 2009.

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Recovery is doubtful for this Tree
25 May 2009.

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Brown Leaves and Empty Seed Capsules
The seed has been dispersed and hopefully will bring new life.
25 May 2009.


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Green on Black
Green shoots on blackened trunks of Sheoaks and the green tuft on top of Grasstree. 25 May 2009.

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New Life on bare Soil
25 May 2009.

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Green sprouts from Sheoak Trunk
25 May 2009.

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River Views through Blackened Trunks
25 May 2009.

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Six Months after the Bushfire
30 July 2009.

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Recovery Slow even after Winter Rains
30 July 2009.

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Native Wisteria or Hardenbergia
New Life and Flowers from the Ashes. 30 July 2009.

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One Year after the Bushfire
21 January 2010.

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Dead Banksias on the downhill slope
21 January 2010.

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Looking up the slope of the Hill
21 January 2010.

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Re-growth struggles on this Sheoak Tree
21 January 2010.

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This Grasstree is a casualty
21 January 2010.

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Charred Trunks still remain
21 January 2010.

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Understorey regrowth
21 January 2010.

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Charred Trunks contrast with green regrowth
21 January 2010.

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Trees are Scarred for Life
21 January 2010.

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Grasstrees sent up long Flower Spikes after Fire
21 January 2010.

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Grasstree regeneration
21 January 2010.

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The struggle to survive
21 January 2010.

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Grasstrees, one survivor and one casualty
21 January 2010.

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New Life, but will it survive the long dry summer?
21 January 2010.

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Charred Trees are a stark reminder of Bushfire
12 September 2010.
Re-visit to Burnt area after 20 months.


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Swan River beyond the Scarred Timbers
12 September 2010.

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Yellow Buttercups brighten the Scene
12 September 2010.

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Scarlet Runner rising out of Charred Ground
12 September 2010.

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New Growth on Burnt Ground
12 September 2010.
Surviving in spite of an unusually dry winter with exceptionally cold nights.


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Carpet of New Growth
12 September 2010.

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Cottonheads
Conostylis
12 September 2010.


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Milkmaids
Burchardia umbellata
12 September 2010.


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Purple Tassels
Sowerbaea laxiflora
12 September 2010.


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Cowslip Orchids
Caladenia flava
12 September 2010.


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Green Jewel Beetle on Yellow Buttercup
12 September 2010.

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Swan River Myrtle
Hypocalymma robustum
12 September 2010.


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Swan River Myrtle
Hypocalymma robustum
12 September 2010.


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Regenerated Kangaroo Paws and Swan River Myrtle
12 September 2010.

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Mangles Kangaroo Paw
Anigozanthos manglesii
12 September 2010.


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Burnt Area Revisited
30 August 2012 -- Three and a half years after the dreadful bushfire of January 2009, the charred trunks tower above the fresh vegetation, including a stunning yellow wattle species.

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Bushfire Regeneration
30 August 2012.  Yellow wattle contrasts with fresh green re-growth.

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Zamia (Macrozamia riedlei)
30 August 2012. Zamia surrounded by Native Wisteria and Prickly Moses.

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The Colours of Australian Nature
30 August 2012.

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Grasstree and Prickly Moses
30 August 2012.

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Banksia and Other Re-growth
30 August 2012.

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Regeneration of lower storey on slopes of Mt Eliza
30 August 2012.  Three and a half years after the bushfire, young she-oaks have sprouted, wattle and native wisteria are blooming.

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Charred Trunks remain among New Growth
30 August 2012. Yellow Wattle on the left, Pink Swan River Myrtle on the right, and Purple Native Wisteria lower centre.

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Mangles Kangaroo Paw
30 August 2012. Backgound of re-growth wattle on previously charred ground.

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Swan River Myrtle
30 August 2012. Hypocalymma robustum re-gerated after bushfire.

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Native Wisteria
30 August 2012. Hardenbergia comptoniana twines over many of the fallen trees to hide the scars of bushfire.

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Prickly Moses (Acacia pulchella)
30 August 2012. The bright yellow of this wattle species adds colour to this once devastated area.

   
 
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