Nature’s Depths

Walking through nature with John Palka, a neuroscientist who loves plants and ponders big questions

Pearly everlasting and fritillary, Olympic Mountains

Mountain Meadow Tales – Vibrant Flowers


The mountains of the American West are justly famous for their alpine flower meadows, none more so than the Colorado Rockies and the Washington Cascades. . . The flowers are advertising their presence, the pollinators are surveying the territory for potential sources of food, the sensory signals generated by the flowers match the sensory capabilities and behavioral preferences of the pollinators. The outcome is cross-fertilization for the flowers, and nutrition for the pollinators. Is it not a beautiful system?

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