This is what Boise, the "City of Trees," would look like if it wasn't irrigated. This is a sample of the natural shrub-steppe habitat view from the backyard of a home just north of Boise. No trees grow naturally, just lots of low-growing sagebrush, native grasses and shrubs. Compare to yesterday's post of the lush Parkcenter Pond area. This is the view looking southwest. Lewis and Clark described just this sort of shrub-steppe habitat in their journals while traveling through eastern Washington State.