Between Folded Cliffs: recording and magnifying minute colors found in foliage of an endangered ecosystem.
A range of extraordinary colors are hidden among the mounded shrubs of the federal preserve of endangered Coastal Sage Scrub and Marine Chaparral at the southernmost tip of California. Surviving on fog drip in an otherwise arid coastal desert, these plants fill ocher sandstone valleys and ravines that drape in pleats and folds from a plateaued peninsula, down to the ocean. From a distance they’re unassuming masses of drab brown and gray-green; distinct variations of vibrant color only visible when you hike into the vegetation and immerse yourself in it.
Image credit: Peg Callihan & Bernie Pobiak