Australian Apocalypse: The consequences of the Australian Bushfires and the Recovery - PhMuseum

Australian Apocalypse: The consequences of the Australian Bushfires and the Recovery

Christina Simons

2020

Australia; South Australia, Australia; Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia

Initially I would like to return to the regions that I'd originally covered in January of 2020, one year later to record the recovery and regrowth of land, animals and nature and lives so terribly destroyed to show hope and renewal after such major trauma.

However in light of the current Covid-19 circumstances in many of these areas most people have barely had a chance to even begin to get their lives back together when all of a sudden they find themselves in lockdown without homes to isolate to. Unfortunately their story of this awful occurrence has been overshadowed by the epidemic.

I would allocate the money to spending time returning to these areas as soon as I can be safely able to return after the lockdown is lifted, to show the circumstances that they have had to isolate to and how they have been supported or not through this time.

I would still return again, pending restrictions, in 2021 to create a story on the recovery of the people and the wildlife and nature so dramatically affected by both major events.

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  • A kangaroo that survived the Australian wildfires fires only the day before in Waterholes, Victoria, Australia on Monday the 6th of January 2020

  • An aerial image of the damage the bushfires have done to Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia on Thursday the 16th of January 2020.

  • The remains of a swing set on a property destroyed by the bushfires in Sarsfield, Victoria Australia on Tuesday the 7th of January 2020.

  • Susan Pulis, a wildlife carer and the founder of the Raymond Island Koala and Wildlife shelter, which recently moved to Waterholes and Wendy Hendrickson feed five of Susan’s kangaroos, in Wendy’s spare bedroom transformed into a temporary shelter for the 5 kangaroos on Raymond Island, Victoria, Australia on Monday, the 6th of January 2020

  • Susan Pulis, provides water and care to traumatised Kangaroos that survived the fires. Susan Pulis, a wildlife carer and the founder of the Raymond Island Koala and Wildlife shelter, in Waterholes, Victoria, Australia on monday the 6th of January 2020

  • Kai Wild, rescuing a fire affected koala in a tree on Kangaroo Island. Kai is an arborist and wildlife conservationist spent months rescuing fire-affected koalas as a volunteer on Kangaroo Island. Kanagroo Island, South Australia March 2020.

  • A rescued young Koala is held by Lt Susie Rattigan while RSPCA volunteer Brad Ward inspects the Koala for injury in a makeshift triage tent at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park & Aquarium on the 15th of January 2020

  • American Kelly Donithan, a Humane Society International Senior Specialist in disaster response rescuea a severly injured Tammar wallaby in the bush about a 45 minute drive west from the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park & Aquarium , where she will take him to be euthanized on the 15th of January 2020.

  • Simon Kelly at one of the several pits he has had to dig to bury all of his sheep. Of 9000 he has had to bury more than 5000 of his sheep. This pit has two of his cows and a couple dozen sheep in it. This group of sheep have mostly died more recently since the fires due to lung damage from smoke inhalation, on Thursday the 16th of January 2020, on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
    Jason Wheaton (light blue shirt) and his sons Jack (high visibility jacket - 14yo) and Tom (blue jumper 15yo) Wheaton came to Simon’s property to help him clear the burnt land of deceased animals and fallen trees as well as any other things he might need help with since the fires. (This speaks to the community support that has gathered around the people who have lost so much.)

  • Burnt out bush as a result of the Australian Bushfires on the road to Waterholes, Victoria, Australia on Monday the 6th of January 2020

  • Paul Stanton surveys his home in March 2020 as his new reality still is difficult to accept, months after the fires destroyed his home. “I started building it 46 years ago; it was nearly finished. I had even kept some of the walls from the original cottage I grew up in. This house had so much love in it,” Paul says sadly. Gone are the countless hand-me-downs and family mementos. Gone too are the animals from the sanctuary. “That’s the hardest thing,” he says quietly. “That’s why Katja has trouble coming back – she can picture exactly where all the animals were in the house. Kanagroo Island, South Australia March 2020.

  • The burnt remains of a property destroyed by the fires that hit Clifton Creek, Victoria Australia on Friday the 24th of January 2020.

  • An aerial image of the damage the bushfires have done to Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island South Australia, Australia on Thursday the 16th of January 2020.

  • A kangaroo mother and her baby joey perished together from the Australian bushfires on Kangaroo Island on the 15th of January 2020.

  • Survivors. A mob of kangaroos that managed to survive the fires gather for a feed at Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, in March 2020. Stanton’s been taking in orphaned wildlife since he was a boy. In his distinctive high-pitched yell, he calls out into the wind, cutting open donated bags of fruit, vegetables and kangaroo pellets. Almost immediately kangaroos and wallabies tentatively emerge from every direction and before long a mob has gathered. There must be at least 100 kangaroos. It’s a blessing to see them in such numbers, given the devastation of their population.

  • Trees begin to show regrowth two months after the wildfires on Kangaroo Island razed its luscious landscape. Kangaroo Island, South Australia, March 2020


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