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Re: Seeking that perfect meadow

Postby East Side Hiker » Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:23 pm

These are the best photos, as a collection, I've seen yet. Its amazing, ya'll, how you've captured these color and spirit of these numerous mdws.

Blue camas in any of these mdws:

I'd like to know, if anyone can tell me, how many of these mdws have blue camas (Camassia quamash ssp. quamash) growing in them? I've been tracking this species down in the Sierra for years. Hope Valley has one of the best populations, but they are found at numerous sites on the west side, generally in the High Sierra. They grow to about 10,000'.



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Re: Seeking that perfect meadow

Postby lambertiana » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:29 pm

Another one that is in the running, although the wide spot in Rock Creek is better classified as a pond:
Whitney 2007 156.jpg
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Re: Seeking that perfect meadow

Postby East Side Hiker » Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:27 am

It seems to me that the water table elevation is very important for a beautiful mdw. And its very important for fish and plant habitat. The various colors of a mdw, at any time of the year, but especially in the Fall, are controlled by the plant diversity, and the diverse expressions of the plant's senescense as the growing season draws to a close.

Thats why the mdws of the High Sierra within the Parks are so beautiful - they've been protected and left to Nature's management for so long. They are diverse and individually unique.
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Re: Seeking that perfect meadow

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:57 am

I would be remiss to fail to mention the Lyell Fork of the Merced River meadow as seen from Ansel Adams camp.
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Re: Seeking that perfect meadow

Postby oldranger » Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:03 am

Thanks Doyle

That the shot I mentioned a page back!

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