Above: the skyline, viewed from the Heather Trail, E.C. Manning Provincial Park, BC.
Summer, the perfect time for a road trip. A few weeks ago, I headed to the alpine meadows of the Cascades.
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Meet the Indian paintbrush (Castilleja), up close. All these plants are really tough guys. They have to reproduce during a very short season (I was told that snow melted in late May to mid-June, at that altitude). The soil is poor, and the elements are cruel. And this particular plant, Indian paintbrush, is a hemiparasite, meaning that it gets some of its nutrients by living off its neighbours… Tsk, tsk.
And here is a landscape, featuring the Beaver pond.
And I leave you with the irony of a hiking quatuor, catching up with the news near the cell tower. Top of the mountain, at 2200 meters, where they had many bars on their cells.