A couple of weeks ago I joined some friends for a hike along western part of the Redbud Trail in BLM’s Cache Creek Natural Area in Lake County, California. Much of this area was burned last August (2015) in the Rocky Fire, which encompassed more than 69,000 acres. Although much of the burned area was severely scorched, the fire was patchy along this part of the Redbud Trail, and much of the vegetation is recovering. And the wildflowers, this first spring after the fire, after a not-too-dry winter, are spectacular.
Oaks after the fire. Some are sprouting new growth from branches
that survived the flames.
Castilleja exserta, Purple Owl’s Clover Collinsia heterophylla, Chinese HousesTriteleia laxa, Ithuriel’s SpearCalochortus amabilis, Golden Globelily / Diogenes Lantern / Golden Fairy LanternCalochortus luteus, Yellow Mariposa Lily The trees burned here, but the annuals and perennial herbs are enjoying the sunlight.A few gullies and hillsides escaped the flames.Sidalcea diploscypha, Fringed CheckermallowErysimum capitatum, Western WallflowerClarkia purpurea, Winecup Clarkia Entering Cache Creek WildernessDuring the summer you can wade across Cache Creek and continue hiking. Not today!!