|Mummy Mountain, part of the Spring Mountain Range sits above high desert|
populated by Joshua trees, pinyon pines and junipers.
Before going I checked online for a rainfall map for Nevada, and noticed that just east of Las Vegas there was a bright green spot surrounded by the expected red and orange. On closer inspection this turned out to be the Spring Mountains, home of the Toiyabe National Forest. With several peaks ranging from 10,000 to nearly 12,000 feet in elevation, this isolated range catches rainfall that otherwise would probably blow on by and evaporate somewhere over the desert.
|The Nevada desert is brightened by its own red hibiscus,|
|Packera glabella, a member of the|
sunflower family, Asteraceae, is
common along Nevada roadsides.
|Ephedra torreyana is Mormon tea. It does not provide the|
drug ephedrine, which is found only in Asian species.
|There seems to be a species of Indian Paintbrush nearly everywhere in the western U.S. This appears to be Castilleja chromosa.|
|Ponderosa pines are the grandest of the western pines,|
dominating mid-elevation, semi-dry forests everywhere.
|One of the currants, Ribes malvaceum, blooms in the spring,|
with berries to follow later in the summer.
|The mustard family, Brassicaceae, can be counted on|
for fields of bright yellow. Here in southern Nevada is
|Cryptantha tumulosa mingles with Ponderosa pines|
in the Spring Mountains.
|The locoweed, Astragalus amphioxus, puts out its first|
blooms of the spring.
|Around 8000 feet in elevation, aspens were just putting out their new green leaves. It was at this point that it began to snow.|