The Hill Before Weed Abatement

The grasses on the hill behind our home are beginning to dry out. That means it’s weed abatement time. We live in fire country, and it’s required that all flammable and combustible growth within thirty feet of our home must be removed each spring. I completely understand the necessity of this requirement, but it makes me sad each year to see the grasses on the hill and around the creek behind our home cut down with weed whackers each year.  So many creatures live in these grasses and use the vegetation as cover.

The beauty of the grasses shimmering in the sun each morning give me such joy. I wanted to capture the image before it’s all cut down.




  1. beechcreekproject says:

    We have control burns in my area and it always leaves a nasty looking forest behind but it does it’s job in controlling undergrowth and forest debris. Just not very pretty for a while. Nice photos. Hope to see the ones of the deer as well. Have a great Mother’s Day.


    1. A Nature Mom says:

      We see controlled burns every time we’re in Yosemite (we spend a lot of time there in the summer). It’s actually pretty to see the new growth return after the burns. As it should be. Look for the deer pics on Monday morning. Have a great hike tomorrow! We’ll be hiking, too.


  2. Alex Jones says:

    Its a shame to deprive the animals of their habitat, but I see the practical need for this action.


    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Yep. Right this moment, I’m watching two deer hiding in and eating the grass. Hope the photos I took come out!


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