Bighorn Sheep eating native grasses in Canyonlands National Park, Utah
This month's Picture This Photo Contest at Gardening Gone Wild was on Ornamental Grasses. I didn't enter, mostly because I have never entered a contest there yet, and so I wasn't sure what it all required. My friend Jean at Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog had a great post on Grasses in the Wild with beautiful pictures of native grasses in Texas. She wanted to see what some of the natives around here look like. I don't have many pictures of the grasses in my neighborhood, and couldn't take any today because it was snowing all day long (yes, it is only the second day of fall). So, here are some native grasses in unusual and beautiful places that I have traveled to in Colorado and Utah. Enjoy.
Switch Grass in Stream, Castlewood Canyon State Park, CO
High alpine meadow grasses along Peru Creek, Montezuma, CO
Native grasses growing in the dunes, Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
Native grasses in my back yard after a snow in fall
So, my question to all of you: which do you think are most beautiful - ornamental grasses that we plant, or native grasses that we happen upon. In my book, Mother Nature knows best!