A couple of weeks ago I drove up out of Santa Paula into Ojai for the first time since the Thomas Fire. The road roughly follows the path of the start of the fire, past St. Thomas Aquinas College, for which the fire was named. Past the Limoneira Ranch where several families of farm workers lost their homes, but fortunately not their lives, and into the town of Ojai, which, through a miracle and the heroic efforts of firefighters and the residents, did not burn.
There is much heartbreak in the aftermath of the fire, but as humans start to rebuild and replant, so does the natural landscape.
We had so little rain this winter, that my citrus trees and shrubs still bore traces of ash on their leaves. But spring brought heavy rains this week, and the plants in the yard have been washed clean in the downpour. Today the sun came out and I was able to enjoy the results.
Inside, I'm working on project for spring: