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Yes, it was the McGinnis book. Sorry for the delayed answer!

Beautiful place! LIKE. Greetings, Petr

Yeah, one of my favorite flowers for sure (blowout penstemon, endemic to the Sandhills in Nebraska, is my favorite).The ecology of penstemon probably contributes to species richness. They are prolific seed producers, and specialize in nutrient poor or disturbed habitat niches. There is some research suggesting that penstemon are ideal for restoration in degraded or recently burned prairie and sagebrush. So the plants put a lot of energy into seed production, and are relatively short-lived, so you have more generations of penstemon constantly reproducing, contributing to increasing genetic variation. Kind of like how bacteria evolve very rapidly - the more rapidly and prolifically an organism reproduces, the more genetic variation will occur.

Go ahead and jump off that 30-foot cliff, the water's deep enough below. Just bear in mind, you'll probably be half dead from hypothermia before you can get back to shore.

I was really surprised at how shallow this lake is. I'm guessing the insanely rotten, crumbly granite on the walls above it filled it in over the millennia.

I love a good steak as much as anyone, but it's nice once in a while to see a meadow like this one, one that hasn't been stomped into oblivion by cattle.

Yes, really. This comically unimposing bluff, maybe ninety feet above the river, is called "Devil's Peak."

Interesting rock. Like 1 ! Greetings. Michał

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