The loss of hundreds upon hundreds of trees in Tjoritja National Park (West MacDonnell Ranges) should not go without a significant act of remembering.
Local ethno-ecologist / photographer/ filmmaker Fiona Walsh has compiled an album of loved and much visited areas, devastated in the January wildfires.
Focussing up close on trees, the survivors of many decades if not hundreds of years, she shows them as they were, before the fire, and as they are now.
She has titled her photo-essay Trees of Our Body, taking her inspiration from the word ‘Tjoritja’, the name its Western Arrernte custodians have bestowed on the park. It translates as ‘a person’s body, people and related concepts’.
The title invites us to think about how intimately we, here in The Centre, are tied to the life of these trees and the country which is their only home. If we need them, value them, they need us too.
Fiona invites people to take part in this remembrance, to “honour the fallen”, by visiting them and also by contributing to the album, with your before and after photos.
See Trees of Our Body here.
– Kieran Finnane
Note: I am honoured to have some of my before and after photos included in this moving tribute.
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