12/30/2007 Red Reef

I spent this beautiful afternoon hiking cross-country and exploring the detailed sandstone erosion patterns in this area. I returned to the car at sunset and included some late afternoon shots which may not have much technical merit but show the magnificence of the colors at this time of day. I dedicate this album to Andy Edwards who has expressed an interest in the red rock country of Southwestern Utah. I am hoping that he can take the time to visit this area in the near future. This album has been completed and no more photos will be added.

  • Andyedwards United Kingdom (Private)
    6 years 9 months ago
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    Are the bigger plants cacti Jim?

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    The taller ones with the spiked leaves are a form of cactus called agave. There is also a mixture of prickly pear and hedgehog with an occasional fishhook and cholla. There is also creosote bush, rabbitbrush, sage, Fremont indigo, cliffrose, antelope brush and Mormon tea. The various wildflowers are not in bloom now and there are both annuals and perennials. Some will come out in late February. Jim
  • Andyedwards United Kingdom (Private)
    6 years 9 months ago
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    There seem to be a lot of little tufts of grasses and such like here. The water supply must be adequate if not plentiful.

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    The rainfall for 2007 was a bit over 5" which is somewhat below normal. The whole area has been in a drought situation for 7 years as I understand it. All the reservoirs are dangerously low. It has rained a little this new year but not much. The plants that do survive are adapted to receiving little rainfall and some go through their life cycles very quickly to take advantage of a short period of precipitation. Jim