Burned Manzanita

Burned Manzanita.jpg

During the end of June, 2015 there was a brush fire just west of my home that Cal Fire named the "Mesa Fire". The other day, August 10, 2015, I went for a trail run to where the fire burned the hillside. I wanted to capture some photos, so I took my Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 with the 20mm f/1.7 Lumix lens, and captured this image. 

When I hit the bottom of the road there was a sign that said the road was closed and no one could go beyond it. Funny how that is. You read the sign, then look at the dirt and see a lot mountain bike tracks and footprints from others who also ignored it.

I figured that as long as I stay on the road no harm will be done to the eco system that might inhibit regrowth from taking place.  At some point it is about being responsible, but I suppose not everyone is, so they close off access to everyone.

What I enjoy most about this image is that it represents the fire that burned these Manzanita trees. I felt that processing it in black and white was most appropriate to strike at the heart of how devastating wildfires can be. It was sad to see this beautiful place burned to a crisp with all of the underbrush gone with only the burned manzanitas and oak trees left standing. Hopefully they will all come back soon.