Thank you to“LabTea”, of the UBC Botanical Garden Forums, for today’s photographs (original thread | BPotD Submissions Forum). I’m reading a book on photographic composition and put it down while on the subject of “pattern”, so I suspect that had some influence on choosing these images today. Much appreciated!
Bearberry willow is native to northeastern North America (including Greenland), though absent from New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Newsholme’s book, Willows – The Genus Salix, states that it typically grows on calcareous rocks at high altitudes (though some other references suggest it will also do well on granitic rock. Newsholme also describes it as: “An ornamental, very distinctive and hardy dwarf species requiring a well-drained rocky situation”. In this case, dwarf means it will grow to a height of about 15cm, so it’s apparent that both photographs have been taken with the camera at near-ground level.
The majority of species in the genus Salix are native to the northern hemisphere, but there are representatives in South America and tropical Africa (indeed, some of the rarest species can only be found in one river basin in Africa).