Our drought stricken SoCal is finally getting a much needed raining and I can bet that nature is enjoying every drop.
This image of scorched bushes and dry landscape of the Lake Elizabeth area I think help to show California’s deep need for a good rain, as we are currently starting to face a serious drought crisis. As beautiful as our sunny skies and warm temperatures appear, if I could control the weather, I would much invite the east coast’s snow and freezing temperatures here momentarily to help curb our drought problem.
It’s always astonishing to see what out of control fires decide to consume or pass by. Much of the landscape here was charred and burned in the summer fires of 2013, yet there are a few random trees which had escaped the devastation and many houses which looked as if the fires had reached right up to the driveways yet somehow managed to survive. Lake Elizabeth itself was once surrounded by vegetation but now looks very desolate.
Another interesting find on my lone hike at Elizabeth Lake yesterday was this burnt skull fragment. At first I thought it was a husk from some plant matter or cactus stalk but after a closer inspection, I had discovered it to be charred skeletal remains of some animal. To what kind of animal is still a question that remains to be answered as I am not one adept in the study of forensics.
Along a lone hike today around Elizabeth Lake Ca. I had found a single poppy flower hidden behind the shade of small rock. Most of the surrounding desert area of my journey was burnt and barren land still recovering from Lake Hughes station fire last summer so, to find this bright little flower in the middle of seemingly nowhere was a beautiful treat.