Roger Spohn Photography

Landscape, Nature and Architecture


Juniper Tree, Clouds
Dragon Point, Black Canyon NP
Montrose Co, Colorado
ID: 1098

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The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of the most interesting parks in Colorado, and during an autumn trip I was captivated by this juniper. The tree is located near Dragon Point on the south rim of the canyon, and while there are a number of interesting junipers in this area, this is certainly my favorite. Following the visit I made contact with the park, and upon showing the image many of the park personnel were familiar with the tree, and also described it as one of their favorites. A biologist from the park had been attempting to actually identify the species, but I don't know if an official determination was made. At that time he believed it to be a Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma). Apparently the trunks often twist, as in this case, due to their constant exposure to high winds at the edge of the canyon. I am certainly looking forward to revisiting this location.