Mesa Arch in winter, with a rare snow
Mesa Arch in summer
This post is to help commemorate the garden bloggers' celebration of National Parks, put on by Pam at Digging. Although I have been to many, many national parks, and live in Colorado where we have several of the most beautiful, I am choosing to show Canyonlands National Park, Utah, in both the summer and the winter, since it looks stunning and surreal in both seasons.
The flora and fauna found in each season are different from each other, and very tough in either case. It takes a lot to be able to grow in the desert and the rocky canyons, where simply by stepping in the wrong place results in the death of the soil micro organisms for decades. This special "soil" is called "Cryptobiotic soil" and is the life blood of the few plants that grow here. It provides food and life for animals, insects, and reptiles.
Erigeron and Cactus, spiny and beautiful