Sunday, 10 September 2017

Rabbitbrush

This gray-green coloured plant is often mistaken for
sagebrush until late summer when it blooms with
showy golden-yellow flowers.

This woody plant is commonly known as
rabbittbrush, not because rabbits like to it eat it
but because they use it for cover.  It is also known
as rubber rabbitbrush because the crushed leaves
smell like rubber to some, like pineapple to
others...kind of stinky, kind of pleasant.  Mule deer
like to eat it.

With an unusually moist growing season last year it
produced few flowers but with the hot and dry
conditions this year it's blooming profusely.  It's a
welcome burst of late summer colour.

These photos were taken just across the road from
Saint Margaret's Church and Cemetery in the
Cypress Hills of Alberta.  The landscape there
hasn't changed much since the last ice age and in
my mind's-eye I can see people coming down the
trail in their horse-drawn buggies and seeing much
the same thing as I see today.  They would be going
to church, picking up their mail and some supplies
or going to buy a bull from their neighbour. The big
difference is that things moved much more slowly
back in that time.  These days I can drive out from
the city in late afternoon to water some newly
planted trees, stop in the park for supper and be
home before dark...all in just a few hours in an
air conditioned car and a latte to go.  I know
everything is relative but really folks, we do
have it pretty easy in the here and now.

Enjoy the flowers!

Photographed on September 9, 2017.

Eagle Butte, Cypress Hills, Alberta, plant, landscape

Eagle Butte, Cypress Hills, Alberta, plant, landscape

Eagle Butte, Cypress Hills, Alberta, plant, landscape

Eagle Butte, Cypress Hills, Alberta, plant, landscape

2 comments:

  1. Rabbitbrush...another new one for me! Thanks! I love imagining how unchanged certain landscapes are and I can certainly see how the areas you visit can evoke that imagery.

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    1. You're welcome, Jenn! You should have rabbitbrush up where you live and it'll be easy to spot with all those golden-yellow flowers.

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