new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Clutch play | by oldtypedog
Back to album

Clutch play

At first glance the dry hills above Las Llajas canyon are desolate; barren, except for the thin chaparral and occasional live oak, dry and undramatic. But, if you hike up into these hills, even though the tough little bushes and plants burned to the ground just last year, they are still hunkered down, and dragging a living out of the flinty, dry soil; flowers blossoming on burnt twigs.

 

This tough persistent collection of plants supports a spare but active community of insects, rattlesnakes, coyotes, ground squirrels, deer, quail, crows, songbirds, owls, hawks… a little rain and the dry arroyos, choked with poison oak, host a chorus of frogs, who crawl out of the dust made mud and take their chance...

212 views
4 faves
5 comments
Taken on October 19, 2009