This is a pretty stunning place to see the American Falls. The talus rocks below are a virtual garden in green with moss and algae covering the rock. There are also wild flowers growing in this wet, yet harsh environment. I will show you above, below and right in the thick of things. Take a tour of the American Falls.
Zoomed in photo from above the American Falls at the Observation Tower gives you an almost eye-level view. To access an interactive aerial view map click here. Click this map to note locations and see the park in its entirety.
Here is a wider view of out over Prospect Point. To see a topographic map of the area, click here. My street is shown.
Here you see tufts of deep green moss. When you think how moss has no roots, seeds, or vascular system, it has to work really hard to build up itself into a formidable infrastructure. It will send out millions of spores to start new growth of only a couple of inches and only a small number actually succeed.
The spores face huge odds to take hold of bare rock and reproduce. There are different varieties of moss and they are very specific to their growing habitats. With no vascular system to transport water, moss are dependent on consistent environmental water supplies, like here at the Falls. The wet conditions allow the moss to flourish in sunnier conditions than it normally would.
It is a very big ‘garden’ that you access by the four high-speed elevators taking tourists to the bottom of the falls. The stairs take you up to the Crow’s Nest platform in which to get a very close and wet view of the Falls. You are not permitted to leave these paths because…
The blooms here were all shot on the way to the base of the American Falls. Some make their home among the talus rocks. Other perennials, annuals and shrubs find this wet environment a nice place to grow.
The bright blue you see below are the rain ponchos provided when you take the Maid of the Mist tour. The Maid of the Mist has been in operation since 1846 and claims to be America’s oldest tourist attraction.
Since it is mostly green, I am linking to Creating My Own Garden of the Hesperides.