Contrary to available literature, this is not necessary a cushion plant, unless goats get to them. I found this specimen of epic proportions on a sheer cliff – unacessible to the goats. It was like a tree – perhaps many hundreds of years old.

This is a typical example of how goats have transformed many species into miniatures or disfigured versions of their original selves. All other plants I encountered had goat dropping either on or very close to them, and had been browsed by goats. At first I was concerned I would not find a specimen with inflorescences, as all I could find was stunted plants. When I finally found one plant with inflorescences I was really excited, but when I found this tree I was in awe!!


  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: NIKON D4
  • Focal length: 210mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/800 s

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