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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona
Kodachrome Transparency by W.P. Armstrong, January 1980


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Superstition Mtns, Arizona
Nikon D-3200 Digital Camera, January 2017


Windmill In The Pawnee National Grassland, Colorado
KodachromeTransparency Taken by W.P. Armstrong, July, 1970


San Diego County's Rare Thornmint (Acanthomintha ilicifolia)
KodachromeTransparency Taken by W.P. Armstrong, Spring 1978
Not only is this one of the rarest wildflowers in southern California, it is also one of the most unique. Of all the 6800 species in the mint family (Lamiaceae), thornmint is one of the few species with spines. In San Diego County it grows in heavy clay soils derived from gabbro. Sadly, most populations have been virtually extirpated by urban sprawl.


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Jimsonweed In San Pasqual Valley, San Diego County
Kodachrome Transparency by W.P. Armstrong, Circa 1980
Jimsonweed (Datura wrightii): This is certainly one of southern California's larget native wildflowers and one of the most toxic if ingested. It blooms at night and is pollinated by a large long-tongued hawkmoth by the name of Manduca sexta.


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In the distance: Great Western Divide of Sierra Nevada
Kodachrome Transparency by W.P. Armstrong, July 1963
Image taken along trail to Alta Peak, Sequoia National Park. The Great Western Divide in distance separates the Kings & Kaweah Rivers from the Kern River.


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Foxtail pines on 11,000 ft. slope near Alta Peak, Sequoia National Park
Kodachrome Transparency by W.P. Armstrong, July 1963
Foxtail pines (Pinus balfouriana ssp. austrina) on 11,000 foot slope near Alta Peak, Sequoia National Park. This is a high elevation pine endemic to the subalpine Sierra Nevada. It is closely related to the bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) of the subalpine White Mountains.