Photographer and writer Karen Larsen of Fish Hoek, seeing beauty in desolation, sent in these images of the aftermath of the fire in the South Peninsula of Cape Town. Karen writes…

“I focused on charred trees with stunning views as a backdrop, Cape Point vineyards with the vines in the foreground and scorched mountains in the background, the litter found along Ou Kaapse Weg as a grim reminder of how man ruins our environment and then on plant regeneration…”

Blackened seeds hold up their heads after the fires in Cape Town. Photo: Karen Larsen

Blackened seeds hold up their heads after the fires in Cape Town. Photo: Karen Larsen

 

 

Looking across Fish Hoek valley after the fires. Photo: Karen Larsen

Looking across Fish Hoek valley after the fires. Photo: Karen Larsen

 

A small band of green glows in the sunlight over the burnt mountains surrounding Fish Hoek. Photo Karen Larsen

A small band of green glows in the sunlight over the burnt mountains surrounding Fish Hoek. Photo Karen Larsen

 

Nature regenerates, man degenerates. Photo: Karen Larsen

Nature regenerates, man degenerates. Photo: Karen Larsen

 

Beauty in desolation - the remains of a protea. Photo Karen Larsen

Beauty in desolation – the remains of a protea. Photo Karen Larsen

 

Black Mountains, green vineyards in Noordhoek Photo: Karen Larsen

Black Mountains, green vineyards in Noordhoek Photo: Karen Larsen

 

A Noordhoek resident expresses gratitude - echoed by thousands of Capetonians. Photo Karen Larsen

A Noordhoek resident expresses gratitude – echoed by thousands of Capetonians. Photo Karen Larsen

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