In many areas the bear grass has already become very thick and it is harboring a huge number of Columbian Ground Squirrels. There are lots of flowers and other grasses and so the ungulates are also returning as are grouse and of course the predators. The trees though will take centuries to fully recover, but there are a surprising number that the fire did not destroy.
I wish more people could see these photos and that the land does recover and that fire has always been part of the process. I finally heard a forester say that the reason Colorado Springs was so bad was due to the practice of fire suppression. We grew up respecting that fire was part of the growth cycle.
I wish that too, Tammy. Over the past dozen or so years I have spent a lot of time in the roadless and old-growth forest areas. I cannot remember a place or a time when I didn’t see the signs of fire, new or old. It is a powerful tool in nature’s garden!
Some of those grasses look like they could be sharp-edged, like sawgrass. Looking at your photos, I remembered a verse from childhood: “Sedges have edges and rushes are round, grasses are hollow and rush all around”. 😉
That’s bear grass. It has gotten very thick throughout parts of the burn area. This has not been a good year for its flowers, but the plants have had a wonderful year. In a year or two there will be a flower spectacular there.
I see restoration! So amazing to see how the land is recovering after a fire. When we visited Mount St. Helens during our time living in the Pacific Northwest, it amazed me to see the land being restored naturally where devastation once had been.
I think I have another photo of lupines coming up too. I suspect that these are a different species than the ones that live at the valley level. The white ones are not exactly rare, but I seldom see them.
I have missed so many of your posts. I went back through them all and you are inspiring me to get out and hike! Summer is a magical time here and your photos show it.
As for huckleberries, yum, they were wonderful to find… more to come. I have not seen ripe service berries yet.
I see that the flowers are lupines, or lupins as we call them – although they look slightly different from ours. So beautiful! It’s good to see the forest re-generating. Your photos always make me stop in my tracks and forget what I was going to do! The last photo especially is just superb.
There will be flowers in the high places through September at least and if I can make a few of my plans work, I will be able to bring back photos of them later. The assortment of flowers on most of the peaks is incredible.
The forests do just fine if left alone. Fire is a natural part of the forests but human “management” of them through most of the last century has set the stage for more and larger fires over the next few decades. I consider wildfire to be the “predator” of the forests that keeps the population of all of the plants in proper balance.
Those trees are dead, but they still have many purposes. They have become or will become the homes of birds and small animals and insects for decades before they fall back to the earth and decay to be a part of it again. All of this is part of the complete regeneration process.
Those are a species of buckwheat but I’m not sure exactly which one although I would guess Eriogonum compositum. It isn’t yet in full bloom. Yes these were taken on a short hike of about 4 miles. While on a full day’s hike into the roadless areas I commonly come back with 150 or so photos and have a heck of a time deciding which to post. THere is just so much beauty out there!