And a member of the Saxifrage family that I have seen before but just now identified.
Peak Saxifrage, Micranthes nidifica
Soon after these photos were take it began to snow…. hard! Five hours later and after about five inches of heavy, wet snow it looked like this:
After taking the previous photo I headed back to the house, then instead of going in, decided to hike down near the river and perhaps get an interesting photo in the storm. On the way, about a quarter of a mile from the house I heard a loud crack and looked toward the sound just in time to see a large dead pine tree fall across the highway. I headed straight for it to stop and direct traffic and perhaps remove enough of the tree to permit traffic flow. There was too much tree on the road, but a pickup stopped and two men got out to help, leaving their truck with flashers on to block the lane that was completely blocked by the tree. I jogged back to the house for my chain saw while they directed traffic. When I returned it took just a few minutes for the three of us to cut enough of the tree to clear the roadway and get traffic moving again. I’m glad the tree didn’t wait until dark to fall!
Actually, a very good one. We needed the precipitation very badly and the rain during the night was excellent as well as the snow with a very high water content. It was a beautiful day too (if you like extremes in the weather). Those guys who stopped to help really made my day though. They didn’t hesitate to do what should have been done and did it efficiently too. Those are the kind of people I like to have around!
It was just lucky that I was there to see the tree right away before anyone got hurt, and then that two guys came along very soon and helped. Also lucky the tree fell during daylight: at night it may have been tragic.
Yes, we do have a lot of diversity here. A lot of the reason I think is that there is quite a bit of roadless area around containing old growth forest. That is the home of natural biodiversity that no longer exists in areas where exploitation has changed the order of things.
Thanks for your kind words Terry.
I keep hoping to get back to blogging – the past couple years have been nuts with health issues for family and self.
Hope you and your family are doing well.
Love that snowy road – we didn’t get that kind of snow this year…. maybe next!! ;o)
Wow! It’s a good thing you were there. That kind of thing happens here fairly regularly, and trees have landed on cars. It makes driving seem like a crap shoot, at times.
I don’t think I know any of those flowers. It will be interesting to see what the snow did to them.
One would never guess those last photos were taken in April and such a good thing that you all were able to get the tree cleared. If that happened around here, I’m sure we would all just stand around and gawk at it.
I really love this kind of diversity in Spring. It makes things interesting. The driving wasn’t that bad for local folks who are used to it, but very hard on visitors. There were several very bad accidents during that storm in other areas.
Oh – I missed leaving a comment. I guess I got too excited by the desert parsley. I recognized it as a parsley because of it’s resemblance to our prairie parsley. They’re such pretty plants. As for the snow – your story of you, the other fellows and the chainsaw reminded me of my first trip south from Tyler to Nacogdoches after Hurricane Ike. It came in Saturday, and Sunday morning I headed down the back way. The roads already were completely clear, with neat piles of wood along the side. All of the people had gotten out and taken care of that so the power trucks could get through. I don’t even believe they asked permission of the government. ;-)
We have two species of parsley here and they bloom at a time when not too many other plants are blooming, so they get a lot of attention. I really like them!
I’m glad that people who have the equipment and skills will pitch in when necessary, particularly in sparsely populated areas. The county in which I live is over a hundred miles long from east to west, and at times even law enforcement response time is over an hour. It’s interesting what these people will come up with in a time of crisis. At one accident scene to which I responded with Rural Fire, an SUV was balanced precariously on a guard rail above a rapids in the river with the driver pinned inside. A rancher about a mile from the scene got there quickly and brought his back hoe which he chained to the SUV to keep it from going into the river, saving the life of the driver. It took us over half an hour to cut the driver out of the SUV and without the chain on it I’m sure it would not have stayed in place.