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High desert flowers   - 23rd June 2011

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High desert flowers

 

The southern half of the White Mountains is technically a high desert. From a distance it seems that nothing could possibly grow in such an inhospitable environment. But in late spring and summer, if you look closely you will find flowers everywhere. Here a mixture of Aubrietta deltoïdea and Viola fragrans use a few rocks and the solid cushion of Astragalus angustifolius and a berberis shrub to protect their fragile flowers from the strong winds that often blow at these altitudes (about 2200m in this case).

The conical summit visible at the back is Mesa Soros. To its immediate left you can also see the long ridge of Svourichti in the distance.

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