A Stark Beauty

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Wildfires can be so destructive and at one time I hated to look at a recently burned hillside. However, I have come to realize that a burned slope has a unique, stark beauty.

The Station fire was a large wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains (near my home) in 2009.

The Station fire was a large wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains (near my southern CA home) in 2009.

The fire burned hot and fast and the slopes looked like this afterward.

The fire burned hot and fast and the slopes looked like this afterward.

But, a few months later, each of those moonscape skeletons already showed regrowth.

Within a couple years, the hills were back to looking like this.

Within a couple years, the hills were back to looking like this.

Of course, part of my appreciation may come from knowing that around here, the hill likely holds native chaparral plants which are adapted to wildfire and usually bounce back, no matter how dead they initially seem.