elizabeth

13 Feb 2018 102 views
 
supporter of
atom rss 1.0 rss 2.0
web browser google del.icio.us digg technorati
| lost password
birth date
cancel
photoblog image Flora

Flora

In order to live in the nutrient-poor alkaline soil of the dunefield, the flora here must be tough—only the hardiest plant species of the Chihuahuan Desert grow here. They are drought tolerant and able to survive in temperatures that range from sub-freezing to over 100ºF (38ºC), depending on the season. Many of these plants can tolerate the high soil concentrations of salt present in the monument, while others (known as gypsophiles) absolutely thrive in these conditions.

~ Wikipedia

photoblog image Thanksgiving 2015 47 2 b.jpg

Flora

In order to live in the nutrient-poor alkaline soil of the dunefield, the flora here must be tough—only the hardiest plant species of the Chihuahuan Desert grow here. They are drought tolerant and able to survive in temperatures that range from sub-freezing to over 100ºF (38ºC), depending on the season. Many of these plants can tolerate the high soil concentrations of salt present in the monument, while others (known as gypsophiles) absolutely thrive in these conditions.

~ Wikipedia

photoblog image Thanksgiving 2015 47 2 b.jpg

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 13 Feb 2018, 00:15
Subtle complexity on the surface makes this image exceptional to my eyes, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Ray - I loved the ripples and patterns the wind would make
gypsophile sounds about right, Elizabeth. i love the first shot, especially the untouched quality of the soil.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yup! Thanks so much, Ayush! I love that smooth, then rippled texture, too!
  • sherri
  • Arkansas USA
  • 13 Feb 2018, 02:28
silly me, i thought it was snow

these are both exceptional captures
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Easy to mistake, Sherri! This is White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. The worlds largest gypsum field.
Thanks so much!
Don't need any pseudo snow anymore, Ell'!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Nope - just a road trip! smile
  • Martine
  • France
  • 13 Feb 2018, 05:42
J'aime beaucoup la première photo avec les ombres et le ciel bleu.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: thank you, Martine! I loved the pattern of the shadows!
Que c'est beau !!
Merci Elisabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Claudine!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Feb 2018, 06:49
It is incredible that anything at all can grow there. I would imagine that trying to walk anywhere is extremely tiring.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I think so, too! Yes - walking through it was like walking through really soft sand - pleasurable, but it took a lot of energy!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Feb 2018, 06:51
a fascinating landscape - great images!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Philine!!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 13 Feb 2018, 07:05
A fine image Elizabeth. Plants can be a darn sight more adaptable than humans..
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: thank you, Chris! Yes - they are pretty amazing!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Feb 2018, 07:38
How lovely your landscapes look in snow, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Still in the White Sands of New Mexico, here, Lisl! So it looks like this always.... isn’t it amazing!
The ability of plants to adapt to such hostile conditions is amazing
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They just amaze me!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 13 Feb 2018, 08:09
Amazing to think that anything can survive here Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I agree, Chad!
This is absolutely amazing, I especially like the top image, the texture and shadows make this a sure-fire winner for me. We have been having a lot of coverage in our media about the dreadful helicopter accident in your beloved canyon over the weekend, life can be cruel sometimes.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Brian! I really loved the patterns in the sand and from the shadows!
That heli crash is just horrible... some of your countrymen... :-(
Love the top shot with the wind swept ripples. Does it ever snow here?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Apparently it can.... crazy, huh? Thank you, Mary
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Feb 2018, 15:10
It looks an amazing environment. Great pictures!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It was such a comfortable temperature, also! Thank you!
The niches that Mother Nature can fill are amazing!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Nicely put, Tom!
I wonder how certain plants survive in these places.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Some apparently are especially adapted to it...

Leave a comment

must fill in
[stop comment form]
show
for this photo I'm in a any and all comments icon ShMood©
camera Canon EOS Rebel T6s
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/125s
aperture f/9.0
sensitivity ISO100
focal length 46.0mm
Sunday SkiesSunday Skies
That's My Man!That's My Man!
White Sands National MonumentWhite Sands Nati...

Warning