Outside the hotel in Torrey, there was a disturbed area that, nonetheless, was host to some very enjoyable plants. In the early morning light, Oenothera caespitosa - what a beauty!
A white-flowered Astragalus, I assume:
Barrel cactus of some sort:
And later in the day...
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
Huge aeolian dunes:
Opuntia, in bud:
Scenery along Devil's Backbone highway:
More from Devil's Backbone highway - unknown Gilia/Ipomopsis:
And moving on to a Lake Powell viewpoint, prince's plume, Stanleya pinnata:(By the way, I'm on Edward Abbey's side re. Lake Powell... if you know of Edward Abbey, you'll know what I mean!)
Lake Powell - a misfit pool of stagnant water in the desert:
More aeolian (wind-blown) dunes, frozen in time...
Cliffrose, Purshia mexicana, starting to bloom:
Modern sand dunes, a reworking of sand eroded from the ancient aeolian dunes...
Really spectacular, Lori. you "picked" a good time to go out there. Amazing that those dunes could be "frozen" hard like that. I can only imagine the thrill for you, having a special interest in geology.
Is Lake Powell a salty, Dead Sea like body of water?
Rick Rodich zone 4a. Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Lake Powell is man-made I assume, and loosing water due to low precipitation/high demand for water. I read a story about it somewhere - possibly National Geographic.
Thank you Lori for sharing those pictures!
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
More from the dunes (modern, that is)...
Visitor center at Capitol Reef N.P.:
Some early morning photos while wandering around the roadside sand dunes outside the hotel in the little town of Bluff:
Lygodesmia sp, possibly L. arizonica?:
Unknown - the foliage rosettes of this plant were shown in some earlier photos:
More Abronia argillosa(?):
The more subtle beauty of the desert... wind ripples with the tracks of little inhabitants (beetles, lizards perhaps) and windblown grasses...
Great trip, Lori! Look like really soul healing landscapes :)You may already know, the cactus in reply 8 is an Echinocereus, I'd have to dig for a species name, but maybe coccineus or fendleri etc, not sure of ranges..
Did you figure out your 'lily' in the second last post? I was thinking Hesperocallis (which you probably already considered) with unopened flowers, though those usually have flat, crisped leaves, I did see pics of some with smooth leaves.. of course if those flowers are actually open narrowly, then I have no second thought..lol
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/