Our next stop was in Craters of the Moon. Last year we camped in Craters, but this year we just stopped there for a day because of our schedule. I love this place. This is one of the strangest and most beautiful landscapes I've ever seen.
Limber pine - the dominant tree in Craters.
The scientific name is Pinus flexilis, referring to the flexible small branches.
You can tie limber pine branches into a knot.
Baby rock wren.
Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel(?).
The ability to grow in this harsh environment means overcoming a lack of moisture, meager soil, and surface temperatures that exceed 150 degrees F.
Limber pine sketch and a piece of lava.
Limber pine (my favourite) again.