Monday, 27 January 2014

Kinglake

Today was the last day of my summer holidays - its a public holiday for Australia Day.  The 26th is the actual day, but because that was a sunday, we get monday off.  Back to the desk tomorrow!

Just a short walk through some forest that was badly burnt in the Black Saturday bush fires of 2009.

There are many signs of regeneration in the forest - I hope the people of the area are doing as well.

In this picture you can see that some of the mature trees survived the fire, but many are now just dead stags heads.  These will become important wild life sites over time.  You can also see the huge numbers of young trees in the fore ground - these forests have evolved with fire, but it remains questionable that they will be able to survive the increased fire frequencies that come with human activity and / or climate change.



Its still very dry here, and the next few days are back into the extreme heat level.  This whole area could burn again, which is not a happy thought.

As we were driving home I noticed this paddock dotted with hay bales - I rather liked the look of them, so here are two images.



Both of these landscape shots look much better bigger - and you can see bigger versions if you click on the image.

You can find more pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

28 comments:

cobie en bas van Es said...

dat ziet er heel mooi uit,laten we hopen dat de bosbranden even wegblijven .

Fun60 said...

Whilst we are saturated with water your land is parched. Tremendous regrowth seems to have happened in a relatively short amount of time.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I really love landscapes dotted with hay bales...very picturesque and serene. Lovely capture. I also like that some of the trees survived the fire in 2009.

TexWisGirl said...

i always like to see round bales in the fields.

Montanagirl said...

The hay bales make me feel at home. That's predominantly what we see in our neck of the woods. However, some have the huge rectangle bales as well.

Irma said...

Beautiful photos of hay bales in the country.
I hope there will be no fires.
Here is a lot of rain, every single day though.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love the hay bales. We have lots of those around here too.
Enjoy your day off and stay cool!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

It is always amazing to see how nature can rebound from an event. Round hay bales makes me think of Shredded Wheat cereal for breakfast.

Karen said...

Great landscape shots. I hope you get rain soon.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It always amazes me to see how the countryside bounces back after fires or other devastation. (We've visited Mt St Helens after the volcano and Yellowstone and other forested areas and farmland like you show in the year or two after fires). But as you say, it is the people who you worry about -- some lost everything I'm sure. Drought is a terrible thing.

But how beautiful your pictures are.

Small City Scenes said...

I always like the looks of hay in the field. Nice shots. MB

Gail Dixon said...

Well, with the dead limbs at least you can see the birds better. Looks like it is coming back very nicely otherwise!

Andrea said...

Nature is resilient, but time will tell how much she can take of man's meddling. Truth is, she will wait for us to do ourselves in, then come back full throttle. I am sorry you are having so many wild fires, as are we. My heart breaks for those who get caught in the path, both human and wildlife. I keep hoping I will live to see our governments be controlled by people who are interested in the best for the people rather than the greed for self.

Your hay bales may be the first thing you have posted that looked like home to me. Being in the Midwest we have many fields like that and I have many pictures of them, as I think they are interesting too. I posted on Our World Tuesday and didn't see your link ... could you have forgotten? Great post anyway, Stewart. See you tomorrow :)

Andrea @ From The Sol
P.S. Too bad you have to go back to the office tomorrow ... I don't have that problem. You should try retirement:)

Sylvia K said...

I love the round bales of hay, too! Great captures for the day, Stewart! Hope your week is off to a great start!!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely landscapes. The bales of hay shots are my favorite. Well done!

Carol L McKenna said...

Lovely rural shots of bales of hay ~ thanks

carol, xxx

www.acreativeharbor.com

David said...

No hay here...but lots of snow!
Let's hope for a break in the drought.

Cynthia said...

I hope you get some rain and there we no more fires. Love the hay bale dots on the landscape.

Englepappa said...

Nice shots! Here in Norway they use to cover the bales in white plastic, so they can be laid in rows and kept outside through both rainy autumns and snowy winters. When I drive by, they look like big eggs thrown around in the fields!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Sorry to hear about the extreme heat. We're having one of our driest (and warmest) California winters on record.

Kusum Sanu said...

I would love to take pictures of those hay bales! I saw them in Italy but never happened to get a chance to take a picture from the running bus!

ladyfi said...

Looks very dry and hot. Lovely rural scenes.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Stewart I am back in BLOGGERLAND! Hurray! Love the landscape and the rolls of hay. looks a bit like home here when they have brought in the harvest.

genie said...

Your new growth shows Nature doing its job. When the fires come, you think it will never be the same. Then all of a sudden the green begins to pop through. You have to love those fields filled with hay bales. I think they are so beautiful...but I surely would not want to be the one of the tractor cutting and baling. I am SO allergic to it as it is being cut.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

It appears that young trees grow at great speed! Viewing the familiar scene of a field of bales,my first thought is of field size.....this one is large.....

Ruby

Pat Tillett said...

Too much water, or not enough water. It always seems to be one of the two. Perpetual fire season here it seems. Very nice photos Stewart.

Powell River Books said...

Feeding animals must be a much more mechanical activity with the round bales. When I had a horse, It was all I could do to heft around one rectangular bale. - Margy

Marcia said...

Didn't think about the fact you would have summer vacation in January. But of course you would. My brother & wife iare on your continent right now. They're in Sydney and off to Adelaide next.