Australia fires: Plants photographed regrowing in ashes ll World Happenings

Green grasses have started to re-grow in parts of Kulnura that were on fire three weeks previously

The unprecedented bushfires sweeping parts of Australia have devastated huge areas of the country's natural environment.

At least half a billion animals and countless trees, plants and other living things have been killed since the fires began in September.

More than 6.3 million hectares (63,000 sq km or 15.6 million acres) have been burned so far - one hectare is roughly the size of a sports field.

But in some recently-burned areas, signs of life are returning, as captured by local photographer Murray Lowe, who went to investigate how the fire had affected the bush near his home in Kulnura on Central Coast, New South Wales.

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Walking on the grey ash, next to mobile phone masts downed by the fire that ravaged the area in late December, he found green grasses and rose-colored leaves sprouting through burnt tree trunks.

The photos have been shared thousands of times on social media since Mr. Lowe, who's 71, posted them on Monday, as people search for hope amid the devastation.

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