hope in the aftermath

Posted: January 28, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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The Grose Valley from Govetts Leap lookout
the silence of burned trees on the Fairfax Walking Track
rain brings signs of new life
with epicormic growth sprouting from the burnt tree trunks
seeds bursting
Xanthorroea (aka grass trees) are well adapted to fire, the thick, dead leaves around the stem serve as insulation and help to protect the plant against the heat of the fire.
the ants are busy
witnessing the devastation yet there is hope in these signs of new life
fires are still burning down the coast and interstate
Richard Flanagan writes deep into the heart of the matter
this is climate change
revolution is in the air
& here’s a hard hitting video narrated by Tim Minchin with a little background to the dirty deeds of the Australian government

  1. shiborigirl says:

    hope is essential isn’t it? thank you for relaying it here. may rains continue, fires abate, and new growth sprout forth.

  2. Beth says:

    Oh Mo… It’s heart breaking and yet life affirming too, in a way. Every time I see you say “beautiful broken world” I think no, no, no, the world is not broken. But humans and the way we treat our beautiful home certainly is. Life will go on. Not as we know it now, and perhaps not with humans, but it will go on. Love to you.

  3. Nanette says:

    Some wonderful photos were posted on the Lithgow Facebook page of new growth around there, following the fires, and so good to see footage of native animals and birds creeping out of the blackened landscape and gathering at the watering and food stations placed in the bush. Your photos tell a tale of hope as well.

  4. Eliene says:

    There is Love in the Air for the mountains. Not sure if it is mist but I see a heart behind the trees in photo 2….

  5. nancy says:

    To see for yourselves must really be something.

  6. imperfect dabbler says:

    I walked the forest that a hurricane dissolved and it was filling with greenery once again and ants as well. The cycle is beyond uncomprehension until you’ve seen it up close. Fire ants such menaces and fierce bites but thought in turn each has a job. Hopes that all living parts come alive sooner than expected and new blooming can begin to heal all.

  7. Liz A says:

    the wounded-ness of the red tree … and its hope-full green

    as saddened as I am at the incredible loss of wild-life and human homes, I can’t help but recall a bit of burned land near our old house … watching it regenerate year by year, seeing wildflowers bloom there that were not present in adjacent land … and after a time, one couldn’t tell one patch from the other …

    it is surely the folly in how we live on the land that enables these massive wildfires … the land will survive us … but will we?

    and oh! a comment from you just came in on my blog … so, “hello out there!”

  8. deemallon says:

    Powerful video showing how much destruction one industry and its greedy co-conspirators can impose. It astonishes me. But the way the people are rising up gives hope. The dignity and common sense of the firefighters give hope. And artists like you give hope.

  9. Saskia van Herwaarden says:

    amazing how life just is! and just keeps on going no matter what we humans throw at our planet and co-earth dwellers
    those ants……their tenacity makes me smile

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Saskia))) if we can’t figure out how to look after our beautiful planet with respect and kindness she will just flick us off the way a horse shivers its skin to make an irritating fly move on…

  10. Acey says:

    life-force pulsing. visualizing the rain continuing so the pulse can grow stronger.

  11. Tina says:

    Your photos filled with new growth .. it fills me with such hope but equal sadness. The video fills me with anger .. much the same anger I feel for our politicians. It seems no matter how loud we rally .. no change comes.
    Love to you …

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Tina))) the fossil fuel industry thinks they have our country stitched up, we have no carbon tax and most of their profits are taken offshore. We the people have to be the change we want to see by moving to renewable energies & sustainable agricultural practices, the latest madness from our government is to make each state frack for gas or federal funding will be withheld… grrr!

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