Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Regeneration is a long, slow road
Our first shock of the trip was the price of a ticket to drive through Kosciuszko National Park. $16.00!!! And thats the off-season price! Well, we are going to be investing in an all parks pass very soon, I can tell you. Whoa!
The second shock was the hectares and hectares of seemingly dead trees. Its only once you finally find a place to pull over and have a good look that you realize there has been a bush fire through here, sometime in the last few years.
Most of the trees are regenerating, a process Id like to fully document one day, as its so spectacular and wondrous. But many trees are beyond coming back. It filled me with a strange mix of feelings. This is how it is, but what do the animals and birds do to survive in the meantime? Life is harsh, no matter your species. And yet, where there were dead trees, thier seeds finally had light and room to sprout and grow, the circle remains unbroken. Despair and hope in the same space...I will save pondering that further for a day I have more time to philosophize.
I havent yet mentioned how sweet the air was. That may sound cliche, but I mean it literally, the air was sweet. Was it the abundant wildflowers and flowering shrubs? The atomized oil from the young eucalyptus trees? Altitude above the smog? We dont know for sure, but when we did come back down later, we could smell fried food on the air for several kilometers outside of town. Sad, but true.
The light here is very harsh, and you can tell that from these photos, especially the centre one. I have a UV filter on one lens, and a polarising filter on the other. The colours with the polarising filter are superior. I will upgrade that UV to a polarizing as soon as possible!