Monday afternoon I went for a short hike in the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness — when I recently dug out photos from a 2011 hike there I was reminded that the south-eastern parts of it are just a little more than an hour away from our home. And after my many desert hikes, I felt like seeing more green for a change, too!
Long-time readers of my blog know that I am one of the (proud) “first generation” students of the California Chaparral Institute’s nature education classes and became a Certified Chaparral Naturalist in 2015. Seeking a deeper connection with the local ecosystem and its landscapes that I’ve been photographing, it was this class that sincerely ignited my love and passion for the chaparral.
At the end of May and into June, I’m reminded how much beauty is in our Southern California landscapes still, even as summer approaches. I’m growing increasingly fond of the hues and sights of this transition from spring into summer.