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Dramatic Photos: Springtime on Mt. Diablo After the Morgan Fire

Patch Reader David Dondero shared these pictures of spring on the Morgan Territory side of Mount Diablo

Grove of burned oaks in the spring. Photo credit: Dave Dondero
Grove of burned oaks in the spring. Photo credit: Dave Dondero
Patch reader and local photographer Dave Dondero shares his photographs of nature as it recovers from the September 2013 Mount Diablo fire.

"This spot is west of Morgan Territory Road, south of Marsh Creek Road where the fire burned early in its run," Dondero said. "As you can see, a velvet of new grass covers nearly all the burned ground in this area and there are even some wildflowers. Many of the the valley oaks look like they will recover; while the lower branches are burned and have not leaved out, many of the crowns are bright green with new growth."

According to CalFire, the Morgan fire, which started on Sept. 8, burned more than 3,200 acres and was contained within six days. The smoke from the fire was visible around the Bay Area.

Anyone interested in seeing more of these photographs and others shots of Donder's work can visit his website.

Past Patch coverage of the Morgan Fire:
Liede-Marie Haitsma April 03, 2014 at 12:29 AM
This rain will be great for Mt Diablo to bring back the growth; the wildflowers will be coming back in great amounts.
Liede-Marie Haitsma April 03, 2014 at 12:31 AM
Forgot to add that the pictures are very nice.
Jenny J Starmack April 06, 2014 at 11:10 AM
I just love how nature repairs itself! Very beautiful pictures Dave. I love the solo Oak Tree - Magnificent!
Marnix A. van Ammers April 06, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Beautiful pictures, but the resolution is poor. Bummer. I'm guessing that's simply due to how the Patch is storing them.
Dave Dondero April 06, 2014 at 07:51 PM
Thanks for all the nice comments. The photographs are actually quite detailed, but unfortunately, a bit gets lost in translation. If you'd like to see higher-res images shoot me an email through davedonderophotography.com. I'd be happy to email you some. I also have many oak photographs (and other subjects) at the Moraga Art Gallery.

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