I went to one of my favorite hiking spots and discovered that some of it had been burned. I don’t know if this was a controlled burn or a wild fire. I do remember seeing a lot of smoke in the sky a couple of weeks ago and I wonder if this was the source.
As you can see in the photo below, a large part of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge is brown and barren from a fire.
I tried to find a little beauty to photograph. There were some wildflowers that were shooting up out of the charred ground. I got down low and tried to get the burned land and trail behind it. The sky is slightly over-exposed in the corner.
Sadly, one of my favorite photographic subjects was destroyed by the fire. An old dead tree that I enjoyed photographing with the wildflowers is now gone.
You can see what it looked like before the fire below.
I guess the fires are good for new growth, removing the dead material to make way for new plants.