Friday, October 14, 2011
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Posted by Daricia McKnight
Did you know that the elevation of the South Rim is 7000 feet? I found it a little hard to catch my breath up there. The North Rim is even higher at over 8000 feet. The bottom of the canyon is more than a mile from the top, but still a couple thousand feet above sea level.
Field Guide to the Grand Canyon is Erigeron formosissimus but I think it probably isn't that. I do hope it's a native species.
Golden crownbeard (Verbesina encelioides) was another common sight up there around the South Rim.
This is a closeup of globe mallow. You can see how much it looks like other mallows. Cotton, okra and hibiscus all have that prominent androphore as well.
This is probably the Erigeron formosissimus I mentioned earlier. Fleabane.
Things are tough in the rocky ether at the top of the canyon. This tree and most of the others seem to grow straight out of a rock. Ponderosa and pinyon pine, juniper and gambel oak are common species.
With one more look at the view and a vow to return some day, we headed downhill to Route 66 and Williams, Arizona for the night.