Looking for something to do this weekend? There’s a great new exhibit at the G2 Gallery in Venice, one of the great nature/wildlife/environmental photography treasures of Los Angeles. Their newest exhibit is called “From the Ashes: A California Wildfire Recovery” — photos from architect Michael Caley, a mountain biker who had special access to the Station Fire burn area in the San Gabriel Mountains. That’s one of my shots above, FYI (see more below).
Incidentally, here’s what I love about G2:
A. Awesome location on Venice’s Abbot Kinney Blvd., the coolest street in L.A.
B. Fabulous gift shop with jewelry, prints and other treasures.
C. KCRW fringe benefit discount (which I forgot to use when I bought my gorgeous Jennifer MaHarry wild horse photo).
D. And most importantly, the gallery donates all proceeds from art sales to environmental causes.
To refresh your memory: in 2009, the Station Fire burned 160,000 acres, including 25% of the Angeles National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service gave Caley permission to document the damage and recovery, which he did with his Panasonic point and shoot.
The photo of mine at the top is from a post-fire wildflower hike I did in Hall Beckley Canyon Recreation Area in La Cañada Flintridge in May 2010 with the California Native Plant Society. Alot of Caley’s shots at G2 are from the same area. Following a heavy rain season, the burned hillsides were carpeted with “fire follower” flowers that often only sprout after a fire.
Below is a gallery of my shots from Hall Beckley Canyon in 2010. Be sure to check out Michael Caley’s at the G2. His work will be on display until Jan. 5, 2014. And while you’re there, check out MaHarry’s phenomenal birds of prey exhibit. Envious of that woman’s talent!