Oh the enormity of it all! :o
Without the people perspective, it just doesn't show. It's such a good thing that you put in these proportional photos now and then, Lori... and especially for us "flatlanders".
In southern Minnesota, the very steep (and often unclimbable) parts of south and west facing bluffs are often sparsely vegetated with fairly unique flora and fauna. They are usually termed "goat prairies" for obvious reason, although we have no wild goats, of course. From below they look like bald, lifeless sections of the bluffs.
Rick Rodich zone 4a. Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Goat prairies! I like that!
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
I said I was going to keep this short but... ;D
Snuggled among the talus blocks with its roots in snowmelt was a colony of tiny Romanzoffia sitchensis. ???? (Second photo to show scale!) Correction: Identified as Saxifraga rivularis on Jan. 21, 2013. Thanks, Mark!
As always the big scree slope at the end of the valley dominates the view from a certain point, and must be explored. (One can also continue up the scree slope, and hang a right at the top of the rock band to make a loop of it on the Red Ridge "trail".)
Climbing up the scree slope, my must-see plants were in bloom - Epilobium latifolium x2, Crepis nana, Senecio fremontii, Erigeron humilis x2, Phacelia sericea:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
More cool stuff- the Romanzoffia is really tiny! love those :)Epilobium latifolium was still in bloom at the Icefields, though I think I'd missed peak flowering; interestingly, just that bit lower in elevation (belwo the treeline, but not by all that much), the plants are much larger than the ones you show..Nice Senecio; I photographed a couple of composites also that I'll be curious to see if you have any theories about..
Thanks for posting Lori
Won't be long ,hopefully less than 3 months :-\ , until i can get out on the 'hills' down here again .In the meantime your pics and comments ,as well as from others, are a real 'pick me up' . :)
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover