The answer to the challenge picture is Desert Trumpet (Eriogonum inflatum)
The swelling of the stem used to be considered a response to a parasitic wasp but was recently shown toactually be accumulated CO2. Go figure.
Now I have to correct an error I made in the Iron King-Peavine blog. My picture of a hiker on top of a granite protrusion did not, in fact, include the hiker! Unfortunately, I deleted the regular scale view but I do have one of a telephoto just to prove he was not a figment of my imagination.