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Old Jan 10, 2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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An interesting topic for those areas that are burning up in summer or frozen in winter. But it's a topic that I spend a very large part of my photography time on. I can always find some plant or other I want to photograph. These were taken this past May, though the second one would probably look the same all year round.

A tree growing in a vertical world (I assume it is native):



Native plants can be found even in places not known for plants:



First picture was taken in Zion National Park, the second one taken in Bryce National Park.
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Very nice. Was at Bryce and Zion in November - what amazing places.
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A rugged and yet very beautiful part of the country. The first image does a great job of showing how plants manage to survive in what seems to be an impossible place to germinate much less grow.

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I really like #1. When we drove up to Mt. Wilson not too long ago, there were lots of trees growing out of solid rock. They are tenacious things!
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Our local mountains do have lots of trees and plants growing out of cracks in rocks. They have such a tough life - little soil, little water and a constant danger of fire. It sometimes amazes me that they survive at all.
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A rugged and yet very beautiful part of the country. The first image does a great job of showing how plants manage to survive in what seems to be an impossible place to germinate much less grow.

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As Zig said. Incredibly tough plants which contrast beautifully with their harsh surroundings.

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What a wonderful splash for green set in stone. beautiful contrast.
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Thanks for the compliments. While Bryce and Zion aren't all that far apart mileage-wise, and it's relatively easy to visit both on the same trip (as we did in May), they are at very different altitudes (at least the bottom of Zion Canyon is). The deciduous trees were leafed out in Zion and I have other pictures I took of flowers blooming and the weather was somewhat rainy. The next day we saw snow flurries as we started down the trail in Bryce - no sign of spring anywhere in the national park.
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Mtngal,

Brings back a lot of memories of the area from some 30+ years ago when we drove thru those parks.
The comments about the tenacity of life are well taken.
Thanks for submitting.
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That first one really moves me... Leonard Cohen said "there's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
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