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Bobcat Fire Burn Scar Update: 575 Days Post-Fire (2nd spring meadow)

(Disclaimer: I am not a bonanist; I'm a pastoralist. So although I'm doing my best to document what's happening in our burn scar, I might get some things wrong. I welcome corrections!)

To start, let me put you in this meadow. The best way to do that is to watch the video above. Then I'll share some up-close photos of some of my favorite flowers.

Desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata)

Golden chia (Salvia columbariae)

Maybe Syntrichopappus fremontii (in the daisy / sunflower family).

Blue Dicks (Dipterostemon capitatus)

Mountain Yellow Violet (Viola pinetorum)

Pringle's woolly sunflower (Erophyllum pringlei)

Not identified, but some kind of daisy and some kind of gilia, maybe. Plus a pussypaw in the bottom left.

Not a flower, but I was happy to see this horned lizard.

Also not a flower, but healthy hillsides of bunch grasses in the burn scar.

Spring breeze

Not photographed but also common in this area: desert parsley, wild onion, wild garlic, various cryptanthum, various phacelia, desert almond (the bright green resprouting shrubs at the end of the video at the top of the blog). For a meadow I know it doesn't look particularly lush. But up close, the variety of tiny flowers is a miracle! This magic spot is not on the ranch, and in fact we don't have any flower meadows like this on our property, I don't think. Most of our land was either forested (piñon pines) or very dense mature chaparral. I only find this variety of wildflowers in spots that were more open before the fire.

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