August 5, 2010

Limit Testing

On a recent hike near Brighton Ski Resort, we hiked to Catherine Pass and enjoyed a view of Superior Peak, part of the Wasatch Range.
My daughter and family were with us on this hike.  She blogged about it here.  And she used this same photo!  I feel justified in re-using it, since it came out of MY camera!
Isn't this tree is an amazing survivor, growing in such inhospitable terrain?  We were too far away to be sure, but we think it's a limber pine, which often fills the ecological niche on high, windswept rocky cliffs:
No one paid any attention to the sign:
Is that a skull in the lower right corner? Whoa, that's harsh.
The sign rises high above the trail.  In winter, skiers standing on many feet of snow will see it at eye level.
Speaking of warnings, and rebels, look at these guys:
They had toes over the line.  No wonder Father Sky is looking angry:
For more skies, angry or glad, click here.

33 comments:

  1. More gorgeous country. Not familiar with the Limber Pine but it sure does look like an ancient survivor.
    Do I see that baby poking a toe over the line also. ;)

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  2. I went to a summer camp near Brighton years ago. We took lots of long (at least to a 5th grader) hikes every day.

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  3. What beautiful country, Janie. The tree is amazing for growing in such hard rocky earth. I LOVE that your grandbaby is on the hike. This is just like the Hedges family of South Africa!

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  4. This looks like it was a fun day! So pretty up there where you are. I was in Park City a couple of weekends ago and I just did a lot of sighing while I was there! Beautiful!

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  5. I wonder how many people have not headed the warning...great photos...

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  6. Beautiful shots. The view of Mount Superior is fabulous.

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  7. It's a harsh warning and yet, people will still cruise right on by it...go figure!

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  8. Lovely pictures, I too wonder why people don't pay attention to the signs, each winter we hear of someone being in a skiing accident, that could have been avoided if they had obeyed the warning signs.

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  9. Oh, I love all your photos, Janie! What a fun trip and what a gorgeous place! I know you had a great time not only enjoying the beauty of the place and the skies, but having family with you as well! Thanks for sharing it all with us today! Enjoy your weekend!

    Sylvia

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  10. Wonderful post Janie and what a great adventure with your family. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Smiles

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  11. Great Krumholz! We tend to have the closely related Whitebark Pines, and like Limbers they cling to life in the harshest places.

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  12. Beautiful sky photos

    Have a nice weekend, Bram

    seen on Sky Watch Friday

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  13. I envy you your grand vistas. My father used to say about north Texas, "too many trees." But he and I were both born in country like yours, so that might be the root of our enjoyment of more mountains and fewer trees. I think your hikes take you into a nice balance between the two--and you get great skies to boot.

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  14. beautiful images, as always.

    that tree - name slipped my mind for a moment - is plentiful here in the eastern sierra and yosemite. you just have to be amazed at their determination and perseverance.

    www.ewok1993.wordpress.com

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  15. Beautiful photos, Janie! The place is so beautiful. What an adventure! Looks like you all had a great time.

    Have a great weekend.

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  16. You know you're high when you're looking down on ski slopes. Love that sign, with the scull. Sort of scary!

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  17. Those first two photos are outstanding. Laughed at the scary skull and the stepping over the boundary. You get to see the most wonderful places.

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  18. Janie: That was a fun post with that scary warning.

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  19. You show us such amazing sights, Janie. Ones that most people don't ever see in person.
    Thanks for sharing your amazing adventures, I always enjoy them.

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  20. That is a magnificent tree. What a metaphor for life.

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  21. Loved taking the hike with you to this lovely place. I would have to do a lot of stopping if I were actually doing it. Enjoyed your blog.

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  22. Breathtaking view and gorgeous photos, as always.
    The sign is scary but these hikes look dangerous enough for me, even before the sign.
    I envy your courage and adventurous life.

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  23. More beautiful scenery. The tree looks very old and the roots seem converted to stone.
    I read your daughter's blog. What lovely names for lakes - Martha and Mary - quite Biblical, though not perhaps surprising since it is Utah.
    Your granddaughter is delightful - soon she'll be toddling up the mountain paths or maybe she can ride on Daisy :-)
    Oh - and the skies are beautiful, too.

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  24. What cute photos of the 'kids' being kids!!!
    Amazing how high the snow gets there, and that sign is really serious!

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  25. spectacular! I can't believe how far above the ground that sign is!

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  26. That tree reminds me of the rugged bristlecone pine, one of the oldest trees living today.

    Your photos are spectacular, as always, Janie!

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  27. A fun post Janie, with more beautiful photos of that gorgeous country out there.
    An English Girl Rambles

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  28. I laughed out loud at the "toes over the line" photo!! Oooooh, playing with danger, there! Great photos, as usual.

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  29. Looks like a skull to me on that warning sign...very similar to the stupid motorist law in Arizona.

    Otherwise, what a beautiful place for a hike!

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  30. Your daughter has a wonderful blog, too! Looks like a fun family hike. Sadly I don't think the skull keeps everyone from crossing the ski boundary line.

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