The luck of the draw. When an entire hillside is burned to a crisp, there are sometimes patches of unburied vegetation in the unlikeliest of spots. Perhaps the firefighters hit that spot, the winds changed, or some other unknown reason.
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Maybe this sort of randomness intrigues those that study other natural phenomena such as tornados, earthquakes, just bad weather. So while I walked among the burned ashes of dry grass, i happened upon this seemingly untouched stalk of wild grass resting on top of a perfect contrast.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 55mm, f/10, 1/30 sec
El Dorado Hills, Burnt Grass, Unburned, Monochrome. El Dorado Hills, California. August 01, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.