Tuesday, July 13, 2010

California's Unique Serpentinite Landscapes 3 - Finding Beauty

There is nothing quite like exploring the serpentine belt of the Sierra Nevada foothills in spring time. Few plants can adapt to the nutrient-poor soils, but the ones that can make for a unique endemic community. Indian Paintbrush is a common species across the west, but is also a plant that tolerates serpentine soils well. It can put on a great show in March. This one was blooming near the Pine Tree Mine at Hells Hollow on Highway 49.

Serpentine is California's state rock...and this is a teachable moment.
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