Charred Oaks and verdant green fields are the aftermath of the Nuns Fire that affected a great deal of Glen Ellen, including the Sonoma Valley Regional Park.
Visiting post-burn sites in Napa and Sonoma counties has been both heart wrenching and completely inspiring. I am amazed by the re-growth that is happening, the treasures that are being unearthed by a "fresh" recharged landscape and the overall resilience of native plants (and people) here. I plan to visit as many of these sites as possible, and re-visit so I can track growth and change.
The leaves of this Arctostaphylos (manzanita) species turned a rich rust color in response to the fires. I found one that had enough life force to push out some flowers. In general Arctostaphylos respond well to fires and regenerate quickly. Unfortunately they are highly flammable and should not be planted too close to your home.
Thousands of Chlorogalum pomeridianum, Soap Lily are seen emerging from the charred earth.. these incredible native bulbs are edible and easier to notice and appreciate without heavy non-native annual grasses to compete with.
Up close with a charred Arctostaphylos branch and young Polypodium glycyrrhiza, Licorice Ferns enjoying the cool and moist winter climate.
Cardamine californica, Milkmaids- one of the first Spring native wildflowers to bloom.
A view of the park and ridge line in the background.