Sweetwater County in SW Wyoming is located in a high cold desert. The town of Green River is at an elevation slightly over 6100 feet above sea level. Moisture is quite limiting. Yet, thanks to the Green River that flows through both the county and town, wildlife abounds.
At this time of the year, most of the Green River is frozen over. But as temperatures warm, short narrow ribbons within the river are opening up. Here too, waterfowl are pushing the limits; moving as far north as open water permits.
Outside of the floodplain, the sparsely vegetated hills are covered with a thin layer of soil and rock. Sagebrush eeks out an existence. Contrast this to the Green River floodplain with trees, grasses, and wetland vegetation.
The river is a source of life in the desert. Not only does it sustain vegetation, but it is rich with aquatic life, feeding both birds and mammals.
Within the town of Green River is Stratton Myers Park. To the east is the Green River and to the north is a series of small wetlands. These wetlands are also slowly opening up as the ice melts along the shorelines. Dabbler ducks prefer these shallow wetlands to the deeper fast-flowing river.
Life exists within the desert, even outside the floodplain. But along the Green River, life flourishes.
15 thoughts on “A River Runs Through It – High Cold Desert”
Wow Stan; that is interesting. You lucky guy enjoying the great outdoors.
It has been a good time. Although, we had a couple of snow days where I only left the house to scoop sidewalks. We had high winds and maybe 8+ inches of snow.
It always amazes and fascinates me how the evolutionary process shaped the world as we know it today. The flora and fauna match up and as long as we two legged, upright, animals leave it alone, it does very well.
Thanks for the pictures and narrative, they are always informative and enjoyable…
Thank you Myron. Yes, we have screwed up a lot of things.
Very interesting. I went to school with a girl from Green River.
I love this country.
How cool! The Green River is out here by us too!
I am staying with Tim while he heals from surgery.
Green River is definitely special! I love the photo of the bluffs!
Beautiful photos and interesting narration. Thanks, Stan, I always look forward to your posts!
Thanks Carol. I trust you had a wonderful trip to Arizona and Texas.
Hey Stan, as always, thanks for sharing your view of the world as you see it. You are getting quite good at it and I always look forward seeing where you have been. If life brings you out here by Kate and me, you have a place to stay and we’ll keep you fed!
I would love to see Kate and you again. I hope all is well with you.
So beautiful Stan! Thanks for sharing your adventures. I’ve never been there in winter\dpring. Such a different perspective!
Hi Tricia. It does look different in the winter, especially this winter, with all of the snow they have received. Of course, due to all of the snow, there were a lot of places I couldn’t go.