Monday, April 28, 2008

Fire Flowers

Coe Park is awash with green in the fire-affected areas. Just 7 months and a single spring since the wildfire and we're seeing all kinds of exciting things happen.

Significantly, we are seeing some rare fire-following plants. I had the chance this weekend to photograph these pretty Whispering Bells in fire-devastated area, where normally there would be manzanita and chamise.

Also in the oak woodlands, we're seeing an explosion of bulb plants, brodeas in particular. I also am finding shaded oak hillsides abloom with vetch and fiesta flower.

Here are just a couple photos from my weekend in the Coe backcountry with the public for the annual backcountry weekend. More to follow...