First Grove, Borrego Palm Canyon (Washingtonia filifera)

Wind shakes the palm trees (Washingtonia filifera) at the first grove in Borrego Palm Canyon, Borrego Springs, California
Wind shakes the palm trees (Washingtonia filifera) at the first grove in Borrego Palm Canyon, Borrego Springs, California, January 2017. Prints available.

In January 2020, this beautiful grove of California Fan Palms (Washingtonia filifera) in Borrego Palm Canyon fell victim to a fire. I made this photo in January 2017 and just like that, it has become another document of a loss in nature (see also “Obituary for Three Oaks“).

As I write this the cause is yet unknown but considering that it is the wet and cool time of the year, it seems highly unlikely that a natural event would have caused the fire.

The palm trees are charred and bare sticks now but knowing how resilient they are, I’m hoping that they will grow back (other, living palm trees in the canyon show similar signs of past burns – see further photos in my “Borrego Palm Canyon” article). They’ll miss their “coat” of dead fronds that extend all the way to the bottom in my photo of course.

PRINTS: open edition fine art prints of First Grove, Borrego Palm Canyon (Washingtonia filifera) are available directly in my print-on-demand store (together with canvas prints, metal prints, acrylic prints, and greeting cards).

LICENSING: please contact me referencing photo ID "Borrego-Palm-Canyon-17-3775" to discuss your intended usage. More information is on my photo licensing information page.

Prints and licensed images are not watermarked.

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