Monday, September 3, 2012

Surviving & sometimes thriving with fire

The west has been on fire this summer, changing lives and landscapes. Fire has been remaking the terrestrial world for at least 400 million years. In the Harvest 2012 issue of Colorado Gardener magazine I elaborate on this theme in “Surviving and sometimes thriving with fire.” Climate change will make our collective response to fire a moving target, as habitats regroup under changing temperature regimes. I’ll be interested in any feedback you have to the topic.

My illustration features Corydalis aurea, or “golden smoke,” a flowering plant that pioneered burned mountain territory after the Hayman Fire in 2002.