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  Mountain Ash with Ripening Berries
by Stephen-KarenConn

Having grown up in the Southern Appalachian Mountains I have spent much time over the years on the high peaks and ridges of the Southern Highlands. Those who know the area well are aware that these peaks and ridges harbor islands of plant life unlike that which is found at lower elevations in the south. Botanists say these plants are left over from the last ice age, when glaciers covered much of the North America. Guide books and interpretative exhibits, in such places as the Great Smoky Mountains, refer to these plants as being from the "Canadian Zone," much more typical of Southern Canada than the Southern United tates.

From this perspective, I found it interesting to see many species of plants in Waterton Lakes that I was personally familiar with primarily from high peaks such as Mt. LeConte, Tennessee or Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina.

This photo is of a Mountain Ash is a good example. This beautiful small tree can be found in southern Canada, the Northern USA, and also on the high peaks of the Southern Appalachians.

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  • Updated Sep 26, 2006
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