I ran across these Snow Plants on my Hike up in the High sierra’s. I Found quite a few of them. I was curious to find out about them and this is what I discovered. Their species name is Sarcodes sanguinea, commonly called the snow plant or snow flower. It is a parasitic plant that derives sustenance and nutrients from mycorrhizal fungi that attach to roots of trees. The snow plant takes advantage of this mutualism by tapping into the network and stealing sugars from the photosynthetic partner by way of the fungus. Sarcodes sanguinea is native to western North America from Oregon through the mountains of California into Baja California. Its name derives from the striking red flower that emerges from the sometimes still snow-covered ground in early spring or mid-May in high elevations, such as those of the High Sierra Nevada.
Aspen trees are abound where I live. I love how the sun light shines thru the leaves. In the Fall they change beautiful colors of red, orange and yellow its such an amazing sight to see these trees change colors in the fall. Also, the birds like aspen trees as well, because these trees make a great habitat for birds. They supply ample food and the branches of the trees offer shelter and help protect the birds.
These are Photo’s I had taken last year in May. I was visiting North Lake Tahoe to watch the Amgen tour of California come around the Lake, but the weather was not in there favor. They canceled the tour due … Continue reading →