We traveled through the Nevada desert after leaving Great Basin National Park.
Just over the California border, we came to Mono Lake.
We were very surprised to see these unusual formations standing just offshore of Mono Lake.
These are called tufa. They are made of limestone and were formed underwater. When the level of the lake was reduced by demands for fresh water on the California coast - the tufa was exposed.
"April Village" was also juried into the Pacific West Quilt Show. Today is the last day of the show in Tacoma, Washington.
This piece won an honorable mention at the show! It also comes with a cash prize. Nothing huge, but it will cover the entry fee!
My piece, Cottonwood Calendar is currently showing at the Pacific West Quilt Show at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center in Washington through August 28th.
I won a 3rd place ribbon for this piece! Yay! It comes with a nice cash award!
Hand dyed and commercial cotton fabrics, fused, machine quilted, glass beads.
This week's quote:
"Anybody who thinks money will make you happy, hasn't got money."
Extra postcards are going out this week to Barbara in Lebanon, Idaho and her sister Chris in Helena, MT.
I am also sending postcards (last week's butterfly postcards) to my sister, Jackie (Stevensville, MT) and her daughter Abby (Livingston, MT) - who share a birthday on August 26!
Great Basin Bristlecone pines (Pinuslongaeva) are remarkable for their great age and their ability to survive adverse growing conditions. In fact, it seems one secret to their longevity is the harsh environment in which most bristlecone pines grow.
Bristlecone pines in Great Basin National Park grow in isolated groves just below treeline. Conditions are harsh, with cold temperatures, a short growing season, and high winds. Bristlecone pines in these high-elevation environments grow very slowly, and in some years don't even add a ring of growth. This slow growth makes their wood very dense and resistant to insects, fungi, rot, and erosion. Vegetation is very sparse, limiting the role of fire. Bristlecone pine seeds are occassionally cached by birds at lower elevations. Bristlecone pines grow more rapidly in more "favorable" environments at lower elevations. They do not achieve their legendary age or fascinating twisted shapes.