Dr. K, Becca and I got out onto the Grand View Trail early this morning, and a glorious morning it was--about 60F when we started off from the lower trailhead. Three weeks ago when we were here nothing was blooming, but the story was a different one today. Yellow flowers of Fendler's Bladderpod were showing everywhere, and we found Threadleaf Phlox, Cliff Fendlerbush blossoms, cactus flowers and the creamy white blooms of many different yuccas.
One major advantage of being able to leave the lower desert, where many of the early spring bloomers are in decline, and come up to the high country is that some similar species are just getting started here in the higher elevations. Just yesterday I noted that Torrey Yucca flowers are fading away down below, but Banana Yuccas are just sending up flower stalks here at the 7,000-foot range. Torrey Yuccas do not grow at this altitude.
We had a nice long trek, got back to our place, and then Dr. K and I did some work around our property--mainly trimming weeds and grass in the immediate vicinity of the "cabin."
|This and the next: Becca on our road|
|Threadleaf Phlox (Phlox Mesoleuca)|
|Some Banana Yuccas are just getting started in the high country|
|Exploring the Grand View Trail|
|This and the next 4: high desert yuccas in bloom|
|White Sands from 7,000 feet|
|Through the cut|
|What's that on the cliff cactus?|
|A single flower on this cliff-dwelling hedgehog|
|Hedgehog Cactus growing in rock|
|Two views of the same little Hedgehog Cactus|
|Sotols along the trail|
|There's the happy hiker|
|Putting up a flower stalk|
|Popweed popping all over the place|
|High country living|
|This and the next 3: Cliff Fendlerbush (Fendlera Rupicola)|
|Cliff Fendlerbush is also know as the False Mockorange (huh?)|
|There's a dog in this photo|
|Dare you to find the bird here (hint: right below center point)|
|More Threadleaf Phlox|
|And yet another yucca|
Lots of flowers on this hike. It's been a while since I've seen Cliff Fendlerbush. (The name of that plant always makes me think it should be the name of a person).
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