On our way back from northern
Arizona, we became curious about the
different plants found at different altitudes in the mountains. Posted along the road, this altitude
difference soon drew our attention to a particular kind of tree that speckled
the landscape around about the 6,000-foot mark.
At a rest stop, we were able to examine one closely and speculated that
it might be some sort of stunted Juniper, its smell and berries being very
reminiscent thereof. They all seemed to
grow to about the same 6-8 foot height.
Never one to ignore a challenge, Reg used my email account to query the National Park Service about it, specifically since we saw great numbers alongside the road in the
. To our surprise and delight, Lynn Bleeker, an
Information Assistant at the Flagstaff Ranger District took the trouble to
reply to us and confirm that they were indeed Junipers! How nice!
Now we know. She also included a
which confirms that Ponderosa Pines are the big hit in the area. Poconino