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While the fires in our foothills are always a stressful experience, the aftermath is bliss.

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This is exactly what the chaparral needs to replenish itself.

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The generous but mellow rainfall has been ideal to give the plants a quick jumpstart towards
Spring, sending shoots off in all directions and enticing some to bloom a little prematurely.

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This was a recent afternoon off of West Camino Cielo.

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Everything seemed so happy, healthy and clean.

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Hiking in an area you’re familiar with after a fire is especially interesting. Without
the 6 to 8 feet of shrubbery surrounding you, everything looks a lot different.

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Enjoy it.

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