The scars of Australia's horrific fire season during the summer of 2019-2020 will never completely go away, but a bright burst of life has brought a lot of colour to the burnt landscape: once-in-a-lifetime pink flowers have bloomed in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.
Locals are calling it a "sea of pink".
The flowers are known as bushfire ephemerals and their seeds only germinate after fire, with smoke triggering the process.
The flowers will only be in bloom for a couple of months, much shorter than the duration of the fire which brought about their creation.
The smoke from the Aussie bushfires turned skies in New Zealand from daylight to an orange darkness and eventually stretched as far as South America.
They burned through approximately 18,636,079 hectares, destroyed 3500 homes and killed 34 people. A total of 445 people were indirectly killed by the fire due to things such as smoke inhalation.