a walk in the bush after the fires

Posted: July 16, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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the bush is recovering after the devastating fires last summer
Banksia serrata needs fire for the seed to germinate
the new growth is promising
but there is still a long way to go
Cathy got this photo of me taking a photo on the Fortress Ridge track
the clouds were making it a tricky day for catching the light!

Comments
  1. shiborigirl says:

    so good to see. nature has a way, if only we can help more…

  2. Nancy says:

    Oh my. Good to see things coming back already. That is one different plant! I’ve never seen anything like it!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nancy))) we’ve had some good rain and the Australian native bushland is well adapted to fires but this last summer was the worst ever, the fires will get more extreme if we don’t address climate change now, not next year or 2030 or 2050. We must divest from fossil fuels, Australia is one of the largest exporters of coal and gas in the world, we are also the driest and hottest continent…

  3. Nanette says:

    It’s wonderful and heartening to see the new growth. I’ve seen it near here, at Terania and Nightcap, where the old growth forest is sprouting. Were you in/near your lovely Blackheath?

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nanette))) it’s the Fortress Ridge trail off the Mount Hay Rd we didn’t make it right to the end this time as Old Man Crow’s knee gave out but will do it again when we become Blackheathens early next year!

      • Nanette says:

        It’s beautiful there along that ridge, have walked it in the past when my son lived in Katoomba. We’ll be neighbours soon, I’ve bought a house in Lithgow! Healing vibes to OMC’s knee, awful if you like to hike but can’t.

  4. Yes. It will return and yet it’s painful to see. OMC would be wise to wear a brace on that knee when walking. It will help. Soon you will be living elsewhere. Judging by the way time is flying, next year will be here sooner than we know. Love to you both dear ones.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Michelle))) the knee brace doesn’t help for bone on bone osteo-arthritis, walking doesn’t do his knee any harm but he can’t walk very far these days. He is on the public waitlist for knee replacement surgery & has been doing physiotherapy with the osteo-arthirtis team at RPA to keep his knee as mobile as possible & to avoid living on painkillers until the operation, hopefully it will happen soon.

      • Acey says:

        Mo can you get milky oat tips there? They has been so helpful for me where OA is concerned especially in lubricating joints so everything “sticks” a lot less. Taken as hot infusion/tea once a day. Avoid overdoing as this can cause headaches.

        • Mo Crow says:

          (((Acey))) thanks for the healing thoughts however Old Man Crow won’t take any herbal remedies for anything, he’s doing the physiotherapy at the hospital and looking forward to the surgery!

      • Ah—Arnica cream and homeopathic might help while waiting. So sorry Rod. May it be over soon.

  5. Martine Bos says:

    Good to see Mo, wishing you lots of soft rains…………….

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Martine))) there has been quite a lot of good gentle rain in the last few months with a shower the night before our walk, the new growth is magic!

  6. Barry says:

    MC – it lifts the spirits to see nature recovering – it will take quite a time but it is good to see. Go well. B

  7. fiona says:

    The new growth is like the hope we need against the charred landscape of our times. I feel sad at the devastation that is still hurting for folk in so many ways; and grateful we are reminded of renewal. The cost has been great, we must nurture the renewal every step of the way…
    I like that you can chronicle it and see the changes in between visits – its important for the likes of us far from the damage to be reminded.

  8. deemallon says:

    That third photo looks like a sculpture!

  9. fiberels says:

    Ohhh Mo, this looks awful and promising at the same time ….
    (hopefully no fire next summer !!!)

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