Forest Regrowth After a Fire
May 06, 2014
Photographer: Dave Lynch
Summary Author: Dave Lynch
Fires are part of the natural ecology and are often started by lightning strikes. Those produced by man have the same effect as natural fires, triggering a genetic survival response by trees. The burned parts of the tree may or may not be dead, but the new sprouts will eventually take over.
After the Springs Fire on May 2, 2013, in the western Santa Monica Mountains in Ventura County, California, the scene was utter devastation: a black and white moonscape of ash and charred trees. Yet within a few weeks, tiny green shoots dotted the landscape at the base of every tree. The top photo, taken July 16, 2013, shows a burned out manzanita tree (Arctostaphylos glandulosa adamsii) shooting up new growth. The second photo was taken March 18, 2014. It shows a stand of maple trees (Acer macrophyllum) in recovery. Both are in Sycamore Canyon, Point Mugu State Park.
Photo details: Top - Camera Maker: Apple; Camera Model: iPhone 4S; Focal Length: 4.3mm (35mm equivalent: 35mm); Aperture: f/2.4; Exposure Time: 0.0023 s (1/438); ISO equiv: 50.