Fynbos, fire and rebirth

The fynbos plant kingdom is the smallest of this planets 6 plant kingdoms, and is endemic to the Western Cape province of South Africa. This is a fire driven ecosystem, requiring fires at varying frequency from every 5 years up to every 30 years. In a natural environment, most fires are caused by lightning strikes, but in the modern human intervention environment they tend to occur far more frequently then is ideal. In the Table Mountain National Park there are areas that burn every year, usually caused by cigarettes thrown from passing cars.

But, from these burned areas, new life erupts. Today we visited one such area, burned just over six months ago. New life abounds.

More New Zealand, a different view

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Paths through the forest. One of the best things about New Zealand’s North Island is the forests. One could spend a lifetime just exploring them. (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f8 12mm 1/80 ISO3200) 
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La Rotisserie, the best roast duck I’ve ever had! Wellington, New Zealand
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Tangles in the forest. Kapiti Island off the North Island west coast. (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f9 60mm 1/30 ISO3200)
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The Kūkupa (New Zealand wood pigeon), Kapiti island, New Zealand (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f5.6 150mm 1/320 ISO800)
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Forest path along the Pohangina river, North Island, New Zealand (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f9 13mm 15s ISO200)
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Water flows over the rivers rocks. (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f9 36mm 3.2s ISO200)

New Zealand. Forests and rivers.

Torn between hunting trout and chasing light. The Hutt river, North Island, New Zealand.