Hope Comes in Yellow and Green

I decided to do Griffith Park for my Sunday morning hike today. It’s been a while – I’ve mostly been doing Runyon. I thought it would be nice to see how things were doing up there since I last went and saw them dramatically spraying the hydromulch to protect the ground from erosion until regrowth from the fire damage (see here and here). The (very) occasional rain we’ve had in the last couple of months seem to have begun something wonderful – there are hints of green everywhere. I saw this beautiful photograph at one point – which sort of says it all – only to find that my camera (which seems to be on its last legs these last few days) had died again. So I had to take it with my camera phone, and so it is a bit below par:

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I think this is wonderful (blurriness aside) – it has the striking image of the burned tree and brush as the frame, the beautiful clear day of blue sky in the background, along with the snow-capped mountains in the distance. There’s the scorched ground everywhere, now covered in the yellowed hydromulch in the distance beyond the tree’s ridge perch. But there are patches of fresh green grass appearing at points in the distance, and in the foreground there’s the yellow and green of wild flowers. (Click for larger view.)

It’s going to be a long time coming, but the life will return to this part of the Park. It’s so uplifting to see the signs so soon. (So very many trees have been burnt and several more cut down though. It’s going to be a very long time before the tree cover comes back.)

Another wonderful photo that I could not take properly, showing the contrast between one edge of the burn area (blackened tree stump) and the nearby Griffith Observatory, with the city in the background. Phone version’s a bit of a mess. I shall have to return with a working camera:

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(Click for larger view.) Just for your information, below left is a closeup of the hydromulch on the ground (you can see the original weird green colour where it has been turned over to show it has not been sun-bleached to yellow). I was looking at it at points on the way up, and it seems to be doing a good job of holding the ground together (which is why it was put there) – I could see how the water from the last two days’ rain flowed. Below right is a tree from the burn covered in the hydromulch – and behind (along with the distant San Gabriel mountains) are the charred remains of the lovely oasis Dante’s View. It’ll recover, I’m sure. (Click for larger view.)

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