The fires that have devastated Southern California this week have been pushed by the Santa Ana winds. These same winds have damaged several trees in the Fullerton Arboretum, including our Ombu. I found this photo online, taken earlier this year
Photo by artisticnature
This picture was taken by arboretum staffer Joanne Lewis just a couple of weeks ago. We were in the "jungle" at the foot of the ombu, during a teacher training session for our Childrens Enviornmental Education Program.
Here's the jungle this morning. The area just beyond the orange cone is where we were all standing during our training presentation. To better appreciate the damage, click the photo to enlarge.
A view showing a little more of the canopy that was blown out.