The Santa Monica Mountains in the spring come alive with colorful wildflower blooms. A few years back, the western area of the Santa Monica Mountains was burned in a huge devastating fire. One year later, with plenty of water there was a prolific display of wildflowers. One of the first wildflowers to bloom after a fire are the broadleaf lupine that help restore the barren dirt and add nitrogen back to the soil. I was hiking over a hill and discovered this vast field of lush lupine. Sometimes good comes out of adversity.