McCall Point Trail still smells of burn. Containment lines are marked as no-hike, restoration areas in the natural preserve. In many ways, my first journey on the trail since the early-August Rowena Fire was sad. The loss of brush and many trees is significant. To contain the fire, firefighters had rightly destroyed delicate vegetation to build containment lines.
But the grasses will return in the spring. The many surviving trees have already started to sprout new leaves despite the season. The lichen in all its delicate beauty has found sustenance in scorched fenceposts and tree stumps.
In the Valley of Dry Bones (photos)
McCall Point Trail, June 2012 (photos)