A firefighter monitors bushfires at the Woodford residential area in the Blue Mountains on November 12, Neighbors Teresa de Ruyter left and Michelle Wilson embrace after returning to their homes after the bushfires near the small town of Nana Glen, about kilometers north of Sydney, on November 13, Sharnie Moren and her month-old daughter Charlotte look on as thick smoke rises from bushfires outside Nana Glen, near Coffs Harbour, Australia, on November 12, Smoke covers the city of Sydney, Australia, at sunrise on November 12, A man uses a wet towel to help put out flames as they encroach on farmland near the town of Taree on November 14, A bushfire burns outside a property near Taree on November 12, Fire crews wait at a property along Putty Road as the fire front approaches on November 15, , in Colo Heights, Australia.
Burned cars lie in a vacant derelict property along Putty Road after a devastating fire tore through the area near Colo Heights on November 14, A joey separated from its dead mother is pictured in a burned-out section of Torrington on November 11, , in Glen Innes, Australia.
A dehydrated and injured Koala receives treatment at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on November 2, , after its rescue from a bushfire. A local walks on a farm as flames approach near the town of Taree on November 14, We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters theatlantic. The tenth annual panoramic-photo competition has just come to a close, and the winning images and finalists have been announced.
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A fire which burned for more than two weeks in the area destroyed more than 3, hectares and may be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of koalas. The community has embraced the red and yellow bloom against the backdrop of scorched earth as a symbol of hope and new life. It has also sparked fond memories for many who recalled seeing Christmas bells in their childhood. Australian native wildflower grower Paul Dalley said the recent bushfires have created conditions perfect for the regeneration of the Christmas bell and other natives.
Mr Dalley said the Christmas bells were not good competitors with other plants and after periods without fire, they were often overtaken by more dominant plants. Retired National Parks and Wildlife ranger Mike Dodkin said historically, more controlled burns in the area resulted in regular fields of Christmas bells — Bladfordia nobilis — a protected species. Resident Kareema Ryder said she had observed that the regrowth was occurring despite a lack of rain.
Nature is amazing at recovering.
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