Tall Tales From The Field

Posts tagged “Vegetation

Desert Flora at Sunset

While mountain biking this week near Gooseberry Mesa in Southern Utah, I captured some pics over a few evenings of the changing colors of the flora and the sunsets.

 

 

 

 

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Cedar Breaks Flora

Cedar Breaks National Monument is a geologic marvel but in July, visitors come for the floral display. At over 10,000 feet in elevation, the seasons arrive later than sooner.

 

Silver Lupine and Indian Paintbrush bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

Silver Lupine and Indian Paintbrush bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Columbine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

Columbine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Columbine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Silver Lupine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Little sunflowers bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

Little sunflowers bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Silver Lupine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Little sunflowers bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Columbine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Silver Lupine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Little sunflowers bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Little sunflowers bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah


Zion Cacti

Images from blooming Prickly Pear Cactus and the sticky Cholla Cactus

 

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Prickly Pear Cactus flower during spring at Zion National Park, Utah

 

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Cholla Cactus at Zion National Park, Utah

Cholla Cactus at Zion National Park, Utah. Also known as Teddy Bear Cactus because it’s so cuddly? Not!

 

Cholla Cactus at Zion National Park, Utah


Blooming California Coast

Although California is suffering from a severe drought, the immediate Pacific coastline has enough moisture to allow the vegetation to produce blooming flowers. It is springtime.

 

Calofornia Coast Flora

 

Calofornia Coast Flora

 

Calofornia Coast Flora

 

Calofornia Coast Flora

 

Calofornia Coast Flora

 

Calofornia Coast Flora

 

Calofornia Coast Flora

 

Calofornia Coast Flora

 

Calofornia Coast Flora

 

California Coast

 

Calofornia Coast Flora

 

Calofornia Coast Flora

 

 


Flora at Zion NP

Spring has sprung in Zion as it was 78F today. The cactus here usually flower starting in May. Here’s some images of other vegetation prominent in the park. Look for future posts detailing the many species of flora here in the park.  There are more than 900 varieties of plants here mainly due to its vast elevation changes.

Prickly Pear Cactus-Zion NP

Prickly Pear Cactus just prior to it sprouting its prickly spines where you see the dots.

 

 

Zion Sagebrush

Sagebrush and rabbitbrush

 

 

Zion Pinyon Pine

Pinyon Pine which will produce edible nuts.

 

 

Zion Sagebrush

 

Zion Kolob Flora

Yucca plants in the foreground and Manzanita at middle right

 

 

Zion Pinyon Pine

Pinyon growing out of the sandstone.

 

 

Zion Dead Manzanita

Dead Manzanita whose bark is usually red