When we were hiking back in Zion in 1970, my friend Pat noted that–even with the technicolor, in-your-face canyon vistas surrounding us–I spent a certain amount of time looking down at the ground. I still do that. Below are some plant photos from the Grand Staircase and environs.
cyanobacteria with flowers, Canyonlands National Park
columbine, Cedar Canyon Campground, Dixie National Forest
bluebell, Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest
roundleaf buffaloberry, Natural Bridges National Monument
Indian paintbrush, Kolob, Zion National Park
cliff rose, Cape Royal, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park
cactus, Pine Valley, Dixie National Forest
juniper, Needles Overlook
pine cones, Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest
pinyon pine, Canyonlands National Park
cottonwood near Canyonlands National Park
Note: My next post will be mostly words, not photos. I wonder if I can help convince Secretary Zinke, Senator Hatch, Congressman Bishop, and others to preserve our beautiful land.