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Montane California Darlingtonia in mid-winter, 2010

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Skipping ahead several hours, this is what we saw when we arrived.

Beth is standing at the edge of a dense grove of water-loving alders (Alnus). You can see some of the branches of the alders, bent under the load of overlying snow. Between her and me is a thick growth of Darlingtonia. You cannot see them because there is more than 120 cm of snow on the ground! That is about four feet.

The clouds were very thick and dark, and snow had stated to fall heavily. This meant it was very gloomy, so I had to take long exposures. That is why the falling snowflakes look like streaks of rain.

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