Friday, November 30, 2012

Today's Photo

 

Old Man of the Mountains flowers- This picture was taken on Lizard Head Plateau in the Wind River Range, Wyoming. July 2012

With flowers so large they often obscure the stems and leaves, Old Man of the Mountain cannot be missed -- unless you don’t hike above tree-line. On the open alpine tundra, this plant is abundant and very obvious. Flower stalks range from just a few inches tall, to ten inches tall in July and August. Old Man of the Mountain is often abundant on alpine tundra and it is a treat to see its huge sunflowers, most of which always face east. The stems and leaves of Old Man are a distinctive very densely hairy green.

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