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sluiceMay 30, 2012

Went west for a couple of days over the holiday weekend.

Juniperus osteosperma, near Moab UT.

Juniperus osteosperma

La Sal mountains, the second highest mountain range in Utah after the Uinta range.

This is the western side, and there were fires on the eastern side over the weekend.

J. osteosperma and Pinus edulis at the lower elevations.

Pinus ponderosa a little higher up.

Not sure what's beyond that, as we did not make it too far due to the fires.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

ya know. the other day.. when it was 97 .. i actually wondered what it would be like to jump in the car.. and
drive to elevation ...

that first pic is gnarly ... lol ...

sublime.. thanks

ken

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 10:59AM
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Cher(6 SW OH)

I'd love to have that dead tree cut and placed in my yard. :) Very cool! The mountains are beautiful!
Cher

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 11:20AM
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Simoni

Beautiful photo! Please have any.....

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 11:58AM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

If you visit the west in the summertime, head for the mountains, not the low desert. My wife and I went took a trip last summer down from Montana through Wyoming, South through Colorado, and then to New Mexico, and back. We crossed the Continental Divide 28 times coming and going. I don't recall ever needing the air conditioning.
Nice pictures, Sluice! Thanks.
Mike

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 3:42PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Nice, as always Nate.

tj

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 3:56PM
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mesterhazypinetum(6)

Nate,
I dreamed always about such nice dense dwarf osteospermas in the garden. Did you give her any name? (Organic conifering)
Wow, thanks

Zsolt

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 6:03PM
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sluice

Thanks Ken, Cher, Simoni, Mike TJ, and Zsolt!

Zsolt, I did not think to collect from that one, possibly next time! Although I did get cuttings from this roadside beauty.
Juniperus osteosperma (not yet named)

Here is another nice Juniperus osteosperma that was up on the Uncompahgre plateau.

Dolores river

Road along the Dolores river, an enjoyable drive through a remote area

Juniperus osteosperma and Pinus edulis on the Dolores river canyon walls

Another view of the La Sal mountains
Juniperus osteosperma and Pinus edulis

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 6:24PM
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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

Nate,

Again thanks for the tour in the car.

My kind of country. I love the rock formations and of course the free range conifers.

Do I owe you any cab fare?

Dave

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 6:47PM
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mrgpag

Nice tour - I traveled through some of this area a number of years ago and took a picture of what was probably a p. edulis growing out of a crack in the rocks in the Dead Horse Point parking lot overlooking the river - looked a lot like those in your last picture. I have looked high and low but can't find it in my image library. It amazed me that something could grow in those conditions.
Marshall

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 8:24PM
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groem(6)

Ah takes me home, I grew up in southern utah. That is exactly what it looked like. Red rock in all directions, sage brush, juniper and pinyon trees. The trips down south just don't happen often enough.
You mention taking cuttings. Can these juniper be readly propigated by cuttings? Any sugestions? It would be nice to get some little bit of where I grew up.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 10:41PM
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sluice

Dave, Marshall, and Groem, glad you enjoyed these.

The junipers can be propagated by cuttings, by putting them in a mix of mostly perlite and keeping them moist.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2012 at 1:19AM
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