Gnarled Juniper at the Overlook
While walking the cliff edge at Grand View Overlook in Canyonlands National Park, I noticed this twisted juniper hanging onto the edge of the dropoff. It’s amazing to me that a tree can survive in this type of windy, dry environment that experiences such large temperature swings. Yet, the gnarled juniper inexorably extends its roots into the crack in the sandstone, hastening the weakening and collapse of the very rock on which it grows. The ability of trees and their roots to destroy rocks given enough time has always impressed me.