Sunday, December 13, 2009

California Rainforest

California Rainforest, originally uploaded by ParsecTraveller.

When the rainy season comes to California, the hills certainly do get lush and green.

I found this fern grotto off-trail in Diablo Foothills Regional Park. The ferns cascaded down a steep wall and over boulders, covering a height of at least 30 feet. With rain dripping from the trees overhead and mist filling the air, the mood was straight out of prehistory.

Interestingly enough, only a few hundred yards away was a large swath of rocky chaparral...quite the contrast to the verdant ferns.

1 comment:

Francine said...

Magnifique photo. J'ai quelques timides fougères au pied d'un sapin devant la maison. En ce moment nous avons du moins 6°, elles jaunissent à vue d'oeil et vont périr ...