Utah desert plants

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Lori S.
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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!
       

Abronia argillosa?:
 

A white-flowered Astragalus, I assume:

Barrel cactus of some sort:

And later in the day...

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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Huge aeolian dunes:
 

Unknown penstemon:
 

Opuntia, in bud:

Another Cryptantha(?):

Astragalus/Oxtyropis:

Scenery along Devil's Backbone highway:
   

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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More from Devil's Backbone highway - unknown Gilia/Ipomopsis:

Asteraceae:

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:

Unknown shrub:
 

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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More aeolian (wind-blown) dunes, frozen in time...

Cliffrose, Purshia mexicana, starting to bloom:
 

Asteraceae:

Unknown astragalus(?):
 

Modern sand dunes, a reworking of sand eroded from the ancient aeolian dunes...
     

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

RickR
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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

Hoy
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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!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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More from the dunes (modern, that is)...

     

     

Visitor center at Capitol Reef N.P.:

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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Some early morning photos while wandering around the roadside sand dunes outside the hotel in the little town of Bluff:

Oenothera pallida?:
   

Lygodesmia sp, possibly L. arizonica?:
   

Unknown - the foliage rosettes of this plant were shown in some earlier photos:

Cleome lutea:

Gaillardia pinnatifida?:

Rumex hymenosepalus?:

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

More Abronia argillosa(?):
   

Lupinus sp.:
 

Oenothera pallida(?):

The more subtle beauty of the desert... wind ripples with the tracks of little inhabitants (beetles, lizards perhaps) and windblown grasses...
   

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

cohan
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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/

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