|A. mollis in bloom|
|Well, finally we found out this is Bellardia|
[Manny Pita, 2015]
Fire naturally occurs in cycles, perhaps every 10-20 years in the Coe area. Here, the Old Corral was within the prescribed burn section but was deliberately left unburned because it is an important cultural feature in the park.
Regeneration after a burn can happen quickly. We aim to manage the burn's heat and intensity so plant roots and seeds in the soil are not damaged even if their leaves are burned.
Specialized firestarter tools allow for safety and efficiency.
Walking the Forest Trail gives a up-close and personal view of immediate fire effects. Here, you can see that the burn was patchy, not affecting the entire landscape. Already fallen leaves are adding new organic material to the forest floor.
Little bits of greenery show the power of plants to persevere.
When a stump smolders, fire can burn the roots and create what a fanciful imagination might see as magical passageways into the earth itself. There are two or three instances like this on the Forest Trail.
Many plants in fire-adapted habitat have special protective structures and processes that allow them to spring back after a burn. Madrones often have a thick storage area at their base that protects nutritional materials and promotes post-fire growth.
Prescribed burns are done when environmental conditions are exactly right, including wind speed & direction, temperature, relative humidity, and atmospheric conditions. Thank you Mason and Chris for leading this Coe MeetUp walk through the burn area!
A tip of the hat to Mother Nature; hug a tree this week!
|This is the rock...let's see what we can find out about it.|
|And, the setting, the lovely west side of The Pinnacles National Park.|
|Some variety of Sedum aka "stonecrop".....likes to grow directly on rocks.|
|What do you notice first?|
|Irregular cracks and fissures.|
|Small crystals show in the hand lens and macro mode photo.|
|Mosses and vascular plants find homes on this rock and speed the breakdown started by lichens.|
|On to the Balconies|