NATURES INCREDIBLE COMBACK
The worst fire in the history of the Santa Monica mountains left the landscape bare and black. Southern California lost 83% of cherished parkland and open space in the Woolsey fire. But perfectly timed rains were the ideal scenario for recovery. They revived the burned out wastelands and turned them into green colorful landscapes.
Fire helps seeds to germinate. This was one of the reasons an abundance of owls clover graced the Pentachaeta trail this Spring.
Golden fields of wildflowers carpeted the area adjacent to the Oak Forest community where over a dozen dwellings burned in the Woolsey fire.
Hiking along the Pentachaeta trail was magical.
When I returned to the trail later in May, wildflowers were still abounding, even after a couple of weeks of hot days.
The variety of different kinds wildflowers was amazing!
My sister and niece also get excited by nature’s artistry. Together, we witnessed the amazing transformation of the scorched hills.
FAREWELL TO SPRING
These late blooming Clarkia’s are aptly called, Farewell To Spring!
The Pentachaeta trail shares a trailhead with the Westlake Vista trail. That trail also had some lovely late spring wildflowers.
I saw only one lone grouping of wild sunflowers.
Painted Lady butterflies made an impressive showing.
The fire burned over the top of the Westlake Vista trail into Three Springs Park in my neighborhood. Thankfully, the fire was stopped at the perimeter. The burned hills in the park, gave birth to a magnificent field of Phacelia grandiflora.
Tall and spectacular, these purple beauties bloomed from May into June in Three Springs Park, Westlake Village.
I am grateful no homes were burned in my neighborhood. I’m also thankful for the rebirth of our open spaces after the horror of the November, California wildfires.
Have a blessed and joy-filled summer. ~ Linda
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.” – Numbers 6: 24-27 NLT
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