The first of today’s two photographs was taken yesterday morning of a plant in UBC’s Alpine Garden. I wish I could claim credit for the second photograph, since that would mean I observed these plants en masse, but I can’t. It’s a public domain work from the US National Park Service, found via the Wikipedia entry for Xerophyllum tenax.
A native to dry, open coniferous forests at medium- to high-elevation mountains in some parts of western North America (distributon map | FNA treatment), Xerophyllum tenax is one of two species in the genus. An eastern North American counterpart, Xerophyllum asphodeloides, grows in similar habitats: pine barrens and dry mountain forests.
The leaves of bear-grass were (and are) used by indigenous peoples as material for weaving baskets and apparel (see the Plants for a Future entry on Xerophyllum tenax).
Photography resource link: Mastering the Histogram, an article by Chris Gamel for PhotoMigrations. “Mastering” is a fairly strong word to use – I’d prefer understanding, myself. Nevertheless, it is one of the most important things to comprehend about digital images. I look at the image’s histogram immediately after taking each photograph to reduce disappointment when I later examine the images on my computer.