A Collection of Images to remind us we are not a desert...
San Diego Hills: http://bit.ly/admNld
San Diego Riparian: http://bit.ly/9TRkOx
Individual images, alternating... - it is generally obvious which is which...
A springtime recovery - note the young chaparral beginning to become re-established:
A desert/chaparral boundary/edge:
This next one is important because it shows recovery and comparison for old burn areas:
Background = unburned,
Mid-ground (med-brown)= burned in 2003 - recovering,
Foreground (yellow grasses only) = burned in 2003 AND 2007 - unable to recover, being taken over by non-natives and invasives.
NOTE that human caused fires and resource depletion from 500 years of occupation by Europeans (cutting trees for lumber/fuel, grazing) are the main sources of stress to the original native landscape. Clues to it's original composition can be found in areas of significant recovery - which suggest San Diego County had a far richer biodiversity than recorded history indicates (only the last 150 yrs.)
This one too, burned/human impacted habitat in the foreground:
San Diego is not a desert - it is a recovering Riparian Oasis with Chaparral to protect the uplands.. ..