Thanks to Robin Sexton for these beautiful pictures of the burned area of Mt. Diablo, which was blackened during the 3,000 acre Morgan Fire late last year.
Robin says “I went hiking on Mt. Diablo, in the burn area off Morgan Territory Road in Clayton. It was eerily beautiful and still smelled of smoke. Some areas were only partially burnt, with lichen and moss still clinging to the upper branches of many of the trees. Other areas were completely desolate – nothing but burnt twigs sticking out of the ground, like skeletons. Good news – there is a thin blanket of lush green grass growing and even some wildflowers popping up here and there. I understand there are a few varieties of flowers that come up only after a fire, such as the red poppy (I have been told the heat of the fire breaks open the seeds which allows them to sprout)! So I plan to hike that area at least once a month and start a photo journal of the changes. I am sending you a few select photographs I took during my hike.”
Thank you so much, Robin. We all love seeing the regrowth of Mt. Diablo!
Please click on each picture for a much larger view.