11 responses to “Steens Mountain”

  1. Bruce Dancik

    I’ve really enjoyed the several photos from Steens Mountain over the past few days, Daniel. I have always wanted to go there, and these have reinforced my determination to follow through on that wish. I also understand there is a rare subspecies of cutthroat trout in some stream(s) on Steens Mt., and I’d like to see it.

  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Is that the Lahontan cutthroat trout? If you’re interested in fish, there’s also the endemic Borax Lake chub – Borax Lake occurs at the south end of the Alvord.
    And Bruce, you absolutely must visit there.

  3. Amber Forest

    Beautiful . . . thank you for the meadow. Makes my day here in the city more relaxed just by looking at it.

  4. Eric in SF

    Agreed! The bottom photo brings back memories of the high puna in Peru, except with scattered trees.

  5. George L. in Vermont

    Hey Daniel,
    Greetings from Vermont! (home of the Green Mountain Maidenhair Fern). I’ve enjoyed the recent posts as well. How bewitchingly strange and yet the same to an Eastern naturalist. Any good, accessible, (not $53 a download!), materials on emdemism in the Intermountain region, or perhaps North America in general?

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Phew – not off-hand. Here’s a North American Centres of Plant Diversity and Endemism

  7. bobbie

    The photo of Steen’s mountain took my breath away. Wonderful work, Daniel!

  8. dan

    wow nice shots – did you drive your suv up there?

  9. Daniel Mosquin

    Well, yes, we did rent an SUV for the trip, but one could just as easily get to the top of the mountain using a passenger car. One can’t (reasonably) complete the Steens Mtn Road loop in a passenger car, though – the south part of the loop requires a high clearance vehicle.

  10. RMJ

    If you want to know more about this great place read: “Child of Steens Mountain” by Eileen O’Keefe McVicker with Barbara J Scot. A wonderful book about the life and times Of Eileen. You will laugh, cry and sit on the edge of your chair. Oregon State University Press. Hot off the press!

  11. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks, RMJ — added to my holiday wish list!

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