29 September 2013

Warrumbungle National Park, N.S.W., Part One

A hazy sky hadn't offered clear views to the mountains ahead.  At first thought to be smoke having blown across, though another visitor to the park suggested it was dust.

In January this year, this National Heritage listed Warrumbungle N.P. was devastated by horrendous bush-fires, revealing the terrain to the core, where it had once been disguised by towering trees.  This Australian Geographic article here tells all.





Eight months later, there are signs of new growth

belonging to the Clematis family, commonly known as Old Mans Beard

King Parrot




the views are somewhat eerie, but majestic still  





a fleeting moment, I'm wondering could it be a Blue-faced Honeyeater?





Part Two tomorrow with views from White Gum Lookout, as colourful spring wild flowers paint the landscape.

17 comments:

Christian Perrin said...

Beautiful yet eerie - a landscape in the process of recovery, which you've captured well through your photographs. That King Parrot photo is very impressive by the way!

The scenery reminds me of the Glass House Mountains up here in QLD.

Looking forward to Part Two :-)

Jeanne said...

Your photos here Carole are beautiful, but the stark beautiful that I saw this year in Glacier park after a fire that they had had. It is wonderful to see the beauty of the scenery, but it definitely changes the terrain for your lifetime. Love that King parrot that you photographed.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

the king parrot is a gorgeous bird. amazing colors. i love the ride. similar to ones we have here in the USA i am guessing. ( :

eileeninmd said...

It is sad about the fire, the scenery is still beautiful. I am sure the area will recover. I love the King Parrot, beautiful bird. Thanks for sharing your visit. Have a happy week ahead!

Linley S said...

Good to see the landscape is starting to recover. It is amazing sometimes how quickly the trees begin to get new growth after devastating bushfires.

Montanagirl said...

Yes, it is beautiful. The burned trees paint a stark picture against those landscapes. Creates an interesting photo.

Phil Slade said...

Super King Parrot Carole. Yes, the landscape does look the worse for wear but with your climate i guess it can make a good and full recovery?

TexWisGirl said...

amazing how nature can regenerate itself. that parrot - wow!!!

Lisa Gordon said...

Really beautiful scenery, Carole!

diane b said...

Glad to see the forest recovering. I wonder where the birds go when it is burning? Great shots.

Jan Castle said...

Great recovery...will take time! Beautiful 'Old Man's Beard' and King Parrott...certainly adds a lot of color! TFS your pics. Have seen landscape like this in CA where we used to live...amazing what a few years will do to the recovery!!!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful scenery, and after the fire!! Growth, superb. And the Parrot!

Irma said...

Beautiful landscape photos, Carole.
The bird in picture 5, I love them.
Greetings Irma

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Wonderful photos of our walk and the landscape. So beautiful !
Best regards, Synnöve

DeniseinVA said...

The starkness in the landscape is very similar to what I saw in Yellowstone from their fires. Beautiful still and recovering. Marvelous photos Carole, tells a tale for sure. The Old Man's Beard is such a pretty flower and the parrot is a beauty.

Brian King said...

The landscape is just beautiful! Mr. King Parrot is a very handsome bird! Great colors!

Deanna said...

It is amazing how quickly nature begins its rebirth. Lovely photos. And that clematis in our parts is called a "Sweet Autumn" I am sure because it blooms in autumn around here.