Great Basin

Continuing our westward journey last month, as we entered Nevada we made an eagerly-anticipated stop at Great Basin National Park. The basin stretches from California’s Sierra Nevada to Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.

Great Basin 4244Very few of its streams and rivers find any outlet to the sea, so the water collects in shallow salt lakes, marshes, and mud flats and then evaporates into the dry desert air. I was able to take a short, careful hike along Baker Creek from one of the campground parking lots.

Baker Creek 4230We had hoped to see some of the legendary bristlecone pines, which can attain lifespans of 3,000 years, but the roads to the access trails to the higher country where they grow were closed for the season. Maybe next time!

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5 Responses to Great Basin

  1. Sounds like quite the place o lose yourself for a few days or weeks. What is the plant with the white flowers/seedheads?

    • krikitarts says:

      Isn’t it wonderful? We saw lots of it, and I asked a ranger; he identified it as rabbitbrush. This appears to be Ericameria nauseosa (what a lovely name!), commonly known as Chamisa, gray rabbitbrush, or rubber rabbitbrush; there’s another variety called yellow rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus visidifloris–try to say that ten times really fast!) that provides good feed for foraging deer and antelope and great cover for sage grouse and other small critters.

      • I am thinking that Steve S. has shown us Chamisa before. Usually Latin names are chosen for a reason. I wonder why the hint at nausea?

      • krikitarts says:

        I was intrigued by the name, too, but haven’t had time to research it adequately. A random thought comes to mind that there may have been an apprentice taxonomist who thought it might have been a relative of the yucca… It’s interesting that the yellow variety is good herbivore fodder. Perhaps Steve might chime in and enlighten us…

  2. seekraz says:

    That first image is so very full…beautiful.

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