This is another one of our airstrips in the Eastern Chugach range. The little plants littering the ground are called glacier cotton by the locals. More widely and perhaps accurately known as “cottongrass” from the plantae kingdom, the Cyperaceae family, and the Eriophorum genus. There are 25 species of of cotton grass in the Cyperaceae hedge family of which I believe this photo shows Eriophorum Callitrix, or “arctic cottongrass”. Even if you learned nothing from the previous sentences, at least I got to look smart for a couple of seconds. Wikipedia is amazing. Anyways, glacier cotton is one of my favorite little plants and someday I’m going to make a t-shirt out of it.
And another photo of glacier cotton, with some nerd doing a headstand. This photo was taken by my friend Carrie Lambing.
And again this photo was taken by Carrie Lambing, and it is the best one that I have showing this awesome little plant.