Fire Follower Flowers

Fire Follower Flowers

With the huge fires in California recently, we know there will be a lot of forest burnt, seemingly devastated, but some brightness will follow. The fires are essential part of the ecosystem, just like in Australia, the burning creates the perfect conditions for regeneration and renewal.

It's incredible that seeds can lie dormant in the soil for years, even decades or centuries, before being activated by the scorching heat of the fires.  Nourished by the ashes, the Fire Followers bloom rapidly, set seed and die.  The seeds will lay dormant until the next wildfire, whenever that may be.

Mother Nature gives and takes in equal measure, and every devastating fire provides opportunity for new growth.  The cycle continues.

Watch more here, as the rangers from Yosemite National Park explore this phenomenon.


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