Color explosions, south of Fletcher

From “The Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth” by Blake Gumprecht (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), 23-4:

“An open woodland dominated by oak and California walnut grew on slopes flanking the Los Angeles River in the Glendale Narrows. Though willows, tules, and giant reeds still dominated the riverbanks, yuccas and cacti were likely to grow in areas less prone to flooding, marking the transition to the hotter and drier climate of the San Fernando Valley. One historian described the Glendale Narrows as a ‘veritable jungle of cactus, tullies and other growth that early pioneers had never dared to travel through, even on horseback.’ The dry washes that spread north from the river in the San Fernando Valley were home to scattered juniper, prickly pear and a distinctive leaf succulent known as Our Lord’s candle, a yucca whose long, flower-tipped stalk rises up to ten feet above the rocky soil. Early residents of the area reported that clumps of junipers sometimes grew 40 feet tall in Tujunga Wash.”





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