Alta Vista Three Years After the Fire

A sky full of condors …

A redwood splintered by a winter storm

The trail on Micheal Ridge is disappearing into the ceanothus.

Michael Ridge on July 8, 2008

The same spot on April 2, 2009

On February 14, 2010

And June 15, 2011

July 8, 2008

June 15, 2011

Condors in formation

Alta Vista in 2005

On July 8, 2008

On January 8, 2009

On April 2, 2009

On September 15, 2010

And June 15, 2011

Snapdragons by the steps

Sweet peas under the ruins of the grape arbor

A few vines still survive. This one is setting grapes.

Elegant Clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata) colonizing the dooryard

Four-Spotted Clarkia (Clarkia purpurea) near the ruins of the outhouse

Scarlet Bugler (Penstemon centranthifolius)

Stinging Phacelia (Phacelia malvifolia) growing from a stone wall

The Buddha is disappearing into the foliage, and honey bees have built a hive beneath his feet.

Condors and turkey vultures wheel through the sky.

For Alta Vista memories, click here and here.

To read Jeff Norman’s Alta Vista journals, click here.

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One Response to Alta Vista Three Years After the Fire

  1. Lois DeFord says:

    I enjoyed seeing the before and after and even later photos of that special place, but it made me sad. Jeff worked so hard to make Alta Vista thrive and the fire took all that away. Now nature is reclaiming her own.

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