The unprecedented bush fires 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 have been burned so far.
But in some recently-burned areas, signs of life are returning, as captured by local photographer, Murray Lowe who went to investigate how fire had affected the bush near his home in Kulnura on Central Coast, New South Wales.
Walking on the grey ash, next to mobile phone masts downed by the fire, he found green grasses and rose-coloured leaves sprouting through burnt tree trunks.