Okay, the first order of business is congratulations to Jacky and Shelli, winners of the giveaway for e-copies of The Problem With Peggy.
Next, we have one more week without a new story, because I'm attending the California School Board Assoc. annual conference this week, and haven't had time to write a story (I made a start, but have only about 1/3 of a story, about 30 minutes to bedtime Thursday night. Not happening. I'll finish it and use it next week!). Meanwhile, I'm learning lots to help me lead our school district, which is a pretty amazing thing to be able to do.
So, as so often when I've no stories for you, I've gone into the archives for some photos to serve as a Friday distraction. And since a lot of us have been feeling like things are kind of tough the last few weeks, I picked out photos of things growing where you wouldn't think they could.
|Pioneers among the lava (Hawaii Volcanoes NP)|
|Never underestimate the power of a plant! (Hawaii Volcanoes NP)|
|Datura grows lavishly in desert corners (Canyon de Chelly Nat. Monument, AZ)|
|I am always amazed at what grows in the desert, though of course the canyons are where the water is. Cottonwoods in the Narrows, Zion National Park.|
|Even where the sun hardly shines, plant grow on every ledge in the canyons (Zion NP)|
|What grows after the fire? Flowers! Beautiful, delicate flowers. (Sequoia NP)|
|Of course, the alpine flowers are a bit mind-boggling. How do they find every tiny pocket of dirt at 10 or 12,000 feet? (Sequoia NP)|
|Columbine are among the most amazing (to me), as they look so delicate, and grow in nearly dirtless cracks in the rocks at high elevation (Sequoia NP)|
|Okay, this one's a cheat. It's actually growing in a pretty decent spot, in a moderate-elevation forest. I just think they look so unlikely--some kind of saprophyte, which live on decaying matter rather than photosynthesizing (thus the lack of green bits).|
I hope the photos gave you something to smile at, and a bit of hope!
©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2016
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