Yes, I was thinking of a downdraft, perhaps? ? I don't think we can blame those horrible pine beetles in this
case (only as those appear to be spruce rather than pines but correct me if I'm wrong, as I frequently am
) but they certainly have caused devastation across huge swaths!
The other fleshy-leaved native plants (very few "weeds" up there, thankfully... just teasing
Yes, I am a pain in the butt... ) whose leaves are showing in that photo are Rhodiola integrifolia
and an unknown Senecio
Here's a rather atmospheric habitat shot of Rhodiola integrifolia
. By the way, this plant also occurs in your state, where I'd imagine it must be at very
high elevations, given the much warmer climate?
More "atmospheric" photos... I love seeing the play of light and shadow across the mountain slopes.
Hmm, wonder why they call this "Boulder" Pass?
It certainly is wonderful to be able to get up into these areas with only some exertion!
Speaking of inspirational habitat shots, I would love to see more of yours from Utah - surely one of the most scenic places on earth!!
Hmm, which saxifrage are you thinking of? I'll guess maybe this one, Saxifraga lyallii