Where the Wild Things Will Be

I went for a walk early one morning through a forest. A couple of months earlier there had been what are known as “controlled burns” through this area. Controlled burning is a way of removing the undergrowth that may become tinder during the fire danger season of high summer and hopefully reduce the risk of the sorts of vast and uncontrollable bush fires we often see here.

After Burning Off, Morning Light, 2007, oil on linen, 61 x 82 cm
After Burning Off, Morning Light, 2007, oil on linen, 61 x 82 cm

It means that the views through the trees that remain are uninterrupted and one can get a strong sense of the topography that underlies the forest growth. At first glance the scene might be one of devastation, however the trees and plants soon recover and in the meantime there is a feast of colour that we would otherwise rarely witness.

This is close to where many of the scenes from Where The Wild Things Are would be filmed a couple of years later.


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