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|Continuing the theme of Gambel oaks (quercus gambelii), here is a shot of the largest and most tree-like examples of that species that I have seen, again at a spring at the base of the Henry Mountains of south central Utah. Gazing at their lush beauty, it is hard to imagine that a 2 minute walk would take you to the stony and arid desert that surrounds the spring.|
Gambel oaks are native to several states of the Southwest United States: Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. Their leaves become more glossy as the summer progresses and in autumn turn a coppery red-gold color before falling to the ground. They tend to grow in clumps, an adaptation that helps them to survive the desert heat by shading one another at different times of the day.
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