Photographer's Note

It's raining heavily in the NSW Southern Highlands and for the first day in 2 months there is no smoke about. Our bags are unpacked. Thanks for all the concern. In the mean time though our prime minister still doesn't get it claiming that there is no demand for action. Amazing!!!
In today's photo old blackened railway wagons on a local siding.
You'll notice in the background that there are some unburnt trees. That is because the fires raced through at such speed that some trees survived and some houses survived.
Most of those eucalypts will regrow - eucalypts have a unique system for surviving fires - they have dormant growth nodes under and protected by the bark that will shoot fairly soon after fire.
Unfortunately animals can't regrow after fires.
The best survivors are wombats who hide in their deep burrows and don't appear to complain if animals such as wallabies sneak in.

Best in the large view.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1891 W: 82 N: 5804] (26575)
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