I’d intended to show a landscape from Arizona today, but Sarah D. made a request in yesterday’s comments for “a picture of somewhere really cold”. Since I don’t have anything to share from a trip to Yukon / Alaska eight years ago, I’ve dug up this photograph from Garibaldi Provincial Park in British Columbia. I hope this scene is cold enough for you, Sarah! This was taken in early August of 2003, before I started to take a deep interest in photography (though I did needlessly haul up a tripod on this hike).
This scene is a good companion to yesterday’s photograph, though, since it again shows subalpine fir. This time, however, Abies lasiocarpa is growing in areas that have snow for the majority of the year – the herb meadows and heath meadows of the Mountain Hemlock Zone (PDF).
The large black structure in the top of the photograph is Black Tusk Mountain, a remnant core of basaltic rock that formed within a volcano in the area over 25 million years ago. Outside of the frame of this photograph to the left-centre is where I suspect this photograph of the Black Tusk Meadows was taken.