John's Nature Pictures


This is a spray of tiny Monkeyflowers. I'm not sure which species exactly, as there are many similar types which grow around here. I know it looks green now, but that's very temporary. This land get's very little rain in the winter. The seeds have only a few weeks to grow plants and bloom flowers before the ground dries out. In a particularly wet year the plants will grow quite a bit taller and more robust, but they know when the water is running out. So they quickly use what's left to flower and seed, before dying. The background shows that we are in Red Rocks Canyon again.

Picture #150 -  copyright © 1994 by John Sherman


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