Re: Image of the day - 2013

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Brian_W
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Rick,
The area is in South Western Montana, just south of Helena along the shores of canyon ferry lake.  Here is a general view of the area.


http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w362/townsendia/1828518d-c039-43d8-a...

Booker
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Magnificent images folks ... many thanks for posting.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

Hoy
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Brian_W wrote:

I'm still waiting for spring to arrive.  A photo I took yesterday moments before the snow storm moved in.  That's Eriogonum ovalifolium in the foreground.  

Who isn't waiting for spring?
A desolate but beautiful landscape! Does the ground freeze there or is it too dry? Seems to be remnants of snow in your other picture!

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

Brian_W
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Hoy,

The temperatures are well below freezing in the winter, but the soil is bone dry.  Eriogonum ovalifolium is the only plant that can tolerate the extreme conditions, and it grows here by the hundreds.  The soil often erodes away around the base of the plants and makes them look like silver balls sitting on top of short pedestals. 

Brian

cohan
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Fantastic view, Brian! I'm not really thinking about spring yet, though Feb has been mild by our standards, still very white here..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Brian_W
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Another photo from the area.  Note the mud swallow nests:


http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w362/townsendia/284--_zpsd02a13c2.jpg

A close up of the nests.  They are nature's potters:

http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w362/townsendia/288--_zps843ec36c.jpg

cohan
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Those nests are fantastic!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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NB.  "Mud swallow" = cliff swallow.  They occur here too in breeding season, nesting on banks, under bridges, etc.
Nice photos!

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

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