Boulder on the Edge

One of the inspiring things about Boulder Colorado is the view as you descend into the Valley from the east. I’ve lived here for a little over four years now and I still savor this vista…

In a distance of less than 50 miles the earth changes from prairie at 5,400 feet to tundra at 14,000 feet. This gives rise to sweeping views and it provides a rich and diverse environment where plants and animals mingle in what would otherwise be  different worlds. A place where two or more environments come together is known as an “ecotone“. Some ecotones are gradual (e.g., gentle mountain slopes) and some like Boulder’s Front Range have a sharp boundary giving rise to an “edge effect“.  Here on the edge you can find Desert Yucca and Mountain Columbines living side by side in harmony. You can also find Cougars and habitat expanding Humans sometimes not in harmony.

Yucca Flower

Where southern yucca meets western columbineLong Canyon Columbine

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3 Responses to “Boulder on the Edge”

  1. Smoke Gets In Our Skies « Tales from the Trails Says:

    […] is the heavy price we pay to live in or on the forest’s edge. Soon the heroic efforts of the firefighters and the rains will begin the recovery. In the years […]

  2. Rich Wolf: Smoke Gets in Our Skies (PHOTOS) | America Exploring Says:

    […] and hurricanes, but we do get dangerous fires; this is the risk we take to live in or on the forest's edge. Boulder County has one of most developed wildland-urban interfaces in the […]

  3. Rich Wolf: Smoke Gets in Our Skies (PHOTOS) | www.iflickle.com Says:

    […] and hurricanes, but we do get dangerous fires; this is the risk we take to live in or on the forest's edge. Boulder County has one of most developed wildland-urban interfaces in the West. Soon the heroic […]

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