Our friend Steve Elkins, a documentary filmmaker and cameraman, shared some terrific photos from a bike ride in the San Gabriels. They’re both beautiful and a little haunting.
Steve and his Sunday-morning cycling group rode up the Arroyo Seco Trail (aka the JPL Trail) and on the Brown Mountain Trail. Thanks to Steve for taking the time to stop and photograph — and to share the pictures with us.
Also, check out this amazing photo of the burn zone from space on Altadenablog.
A surreal landscape that seems almost Seussian. The stone wall in the background (perhaps from an old cabin) was not visible until the fire burned away the dense vegetation that's hidden it for decades. This is about a third of a mile downslope from the Brown Mountain dam.
Slides are a huge concern for the coming rain season, since there's so little vegetation to hold the earth in place; sliding is already happening.
Here's another slide
A scorched meadow on the Arroyo Seco trail; the whole scene looks like the desert around Palm Springs.
Streams survived, but they're filled with ash.