The following photos were taken on several walks through the Sydney region where fires had recently burnt through. Most represent the work of arsonists who incinerated a large section of the Royal National Park in January 2018. It is important not to romanticise wildfires, especially those with human origin. Arson is a serious threat to biodiversity. Too frequent burning can result in the loss species and can promote the colonisation of weeds that can permanently alter the dynamics of the ecosystem.
Having said that, fire is in fact necessary for the continued diversity of many plant Australian plant communities. Fire also brings different colours, patterns and form to the landscape. In their undisturbed state, heathlands tend to be a combination of subdued tones, but fire brings a harsh, binary aesthetic of blackened plants with regrowth that is intensely pale or lime green. It also initiates flowering in many Australian plant species, including the grasstrees (of the genus Xanthorrhoea; pictured below) and promotes many herbs and subshrubs such as Pimelea linifolia .
 Morrison, D.A. 2002. Effects of fire intensity on plant species composition of sandstone communities in the Sydney region. Austral Ecology 27(4): 433–441.