The path ahead contains some obstacles, but with care it is passable. The magical redwoods still stand. I had expected more damage from the aftermath of a forest fire that had blackened over 312,000 acres of the Big Sur area, but in the end, it continues to be one of California’s great natural jewels.
The moment that the outstretched arms of these hikers paralleled the slope of the hill in the background, there was a photographic connection, if not an emotional one. Shot taken at California’s Point Lobos, a state park.
Soberanes Canyon Trail, shut for nearly two years after a forest fire devastated over 312,000 acres in the Big Sur area, is now open. This is one of my favorite places to hike, ford streams and be among old growth redwoods. My sister from Southern Illinois joined me in what was often parade-like as we “marched” past wildflowers and butterflies. I spotted an Lorquin’s Admiral just ten minutes into the walk. Good to be back.
On a more sober note. The person(s) responsible for the illegal campfire that triggered the blaze has never been found. Some Big Sur trails are still closed. The local economic loss has been staggering. We lost wildlife and its habitat, ancient redwoods as well as one human life taken during the recovery.
We had a rare late May rain yesterday. Took photo of the remaining raindrops on a loropetalum shrub.
A blue sky and billowy clouds enhance the allure of the coves along Point Lobos.
Is this real? That was my first thought yesterday morning after I saw a dime-sized butterfly “asleep” on a ceramic flower inside the house. I’ve never seen a butterfly this small. It was certainly dead.
I asked for help in identifying the insect from_https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org. An expert said it was a Pieris rapae (small white) and that the size is attributable to “poor quality host plant.” So, that was the scientific explanation, not the mystical one.
I found out this morning what’s been eating the kenilworth ivy. The rabbit was ravenous, but froze for this photo. And to think I blamed gophers. For some reason I’m okay with a rabbit.