We spotted these late blooms on a hike above Driggs, Idaho, last month. We were wanting a much longer hike, but were intercepted by another hiker who had encountered a grizzly bear cub about an hour up the trail and had hightailed it before the mama griz could make her presence known. Since we had nothing to fend off a bear, we slowly followed him back the way we had come.
The US Coast Guard Cutter Taney is the last floating survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. You can read more about her here.
I find this remarkable. How can something so filled with color emerge out of lifeless sand and volcanic rock? If you look at the ground, that’s exactly what these asters are growing out of — lots of sand with small chunks of dark basalt. The dirt looks totally devoid of life and being able to support it — and yet here it is. And not just drab desert scrub but in-your-face, look-at-me, full-on Technicolor.
Isn’t life grand?