Hike 3: White Dome Nature Preserve

毎朝ハイキングをするグループに参加してみました。このグループ初のハイキングは約 6km のなだらかなコースでした。We joined a hiking group that hikes every early morning. This was our first time joining them. It was 3.7 miles and a moderately easy hike.

多分、左に見えるのがホワイトドーム。I think the White Dome is on the right in the below picture.

ここで特記する事は、Dwarf Bear-Poppy という植物。世界中でもここにしか生息しない希少植物です。冬なのでこんな姿ですが、春には美しい白い花を咲かせます。けなげに厳しい冬の寒さを耐えているんですね。The special note on this hike is that it is the home of the Dwarf Bear-Poppy plant. It lives only in this area of the world. Because it’s winter, it looks like this, but you can see pretty white flowers in Spring. How admirable it is to live through such cold winter days!

ここはMoenkopi という地層で石膏岩を含んだ荒地です。そんなユニークな場所に生きているのがこの植物なんですね。国の絶滅危惧種に指定されています。This is a badlands area composed of the Moenkopi formation. This plant likes to live in such places that include gypsum everywhere.

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