As soon as lockdown ended in Sydney 2020, I headed for the south coast of New South Wales.
This area suffered an extraordinary amount of damage from the bushfires last summer; the scale of the damage was unprecedented.
I visited this area in January immediately after the fires had past and was overwhelmed by the absence of almost all life forms and by how silent the place was. There were no birds, no insects, and not even the rustling of leaves on trees.
With a bit of rain the forest has exploded back to life. Now, with the return of vegetation the insects are back, the birds have followed and the abundance of life is returning. I have never been so pleased to see a snake. I am filled with optimism by how quickly the forest regenerates.