Road Trip to Montana 5/24/12

Over memorial day weekend a road trip to Helena, MT with my family took me out of the Puget Sound basin into the pine forests of the East, where totally new ecosystems abound!
For description of the landscape change and a few stops along the way, please refer to my physical journal.

Publicado por jesscubb jesscubb, 05 de junio de 2012

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Pino Real Americano (Pinus ponderosa)

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jesscubb

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Mayo 24, 2012

Descripción

East of the Cascades, the hillsides and forests are completely dominated by the Ponderosa Pine. The bark of this hardy tree is thick, protected from forest fires and long-term drought, while the needles are long and very pointed!

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jesscubb

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Mayo 24, 2012

Descripción

These small flowers emerged from the pine-needle strewn earth throughout Idaho and into western MT. This plant was about 30cm tall, with small scentless white flowers. The very thin green leaves are well-adapted to a dry climate that doesn't provide much water for growing wide, thick leaves.

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jesscubb

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Mayo 25, 2012

Descripción

Western larch began to appear more obviously as we entered Montana along I-90. The trees are easily distinguished against the dark-green sea of pine trees for their brilliant green needles. The tree loses it's needles each fall, so in spring they are new and bright.

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jesscubb

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Mayo 25, 2012

Descripción

Lining the path of this pine forest park were many brilliant blue larkspur. The stems were not over 20 cm tall, and the small flowers only 3cm from top to bottom.

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jesscubb

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Mayo 25, 2012

Descripción

This very low growing nootka rose is just beginning to come into bloom! I wonder if it's shortness (10 cm from the ground) allowed for the plant to put energy into flower formation, as opposed to the surrounding tall rose bushes that are flowerless.

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