Frosty Arctic (pussy) willows (Salix arctica), Patch Lake - Nunavut

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matt kawei on October 13, 2008

This frosty pussywillow photo was taken on the morning of September 21 2008. If you look closely, there seems to be a "frosty snow man face"

matt kawei on October 27, 2008

Salix arctica whose common name is Arctic (pussy) willow or rock willow can be found in the North American tundra. The North American tundra consists of Northern Alaska and Northern Canada. It stretches from 52 N to 65 N and from 60 W to 165 W.

The Tundra can be described as a treeless plain with uneven ground. Each year this treeless plain gets 15-35 cm of precipitation. There are two seasons in the tundra. They are winter and summer. Salix arctica prefers to live in dry, cold, open places, hummocks in wet sphagnum bogs, sedge meadows, margins of pools, and muddy salt flats in course sandy soil. The Arctic willow likes cold climates, which makes the tundra a perfect place for it because the average temperatures range from -70 degrees F to 20 degrees F.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 12, 2008
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    by matt kawei
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-FX100
    • Taken on 2008/09/21 12:19:54
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1000)
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash