City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

October 14, 2016

October 14th

The Last Sunflower

4:30 p.m. As the canyon opens up at mile 1.2 into Pleasant Valley, the character of the meadow has changed. The yellow tube of leaves below this point has extended up into the meadow. The Gambel’s oaks have all turned a rich dark golden brown, and the are set off by accents of a few bright red maples that remain. All this sits in a sea of light brown meadow grass. Green is only an after-thought. Some new growth of grass is in the meadow. Some green tamarisk (genus Tamarix) hugs a seep at picnic site 11. At picnic site 12, there are two now out-of-place dark green pine trees.

In the Pleasant Valley across from picnic site 11, the last sunflower of hundreds remains in bloom. All others have already died and turned brown, or if still yellow, they are shriveled. The last one in full bloom is at the north-east corner of the gas pipeline check value.

On the south-side of the road, hidden in the trees, a flock of Black-Hooded Chickadees can be heard playing.

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