Forgetmenot Ridge, eastern slope Rockies, Alberta - 2014 hikes

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Lori S.
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Forgetmenot Ridge, eastern slope Rockies, Alberta - 2014 hikes

A splendid hike on July 2nd - it's still early up there but our timing was great for the start of the alpine potentilla bloom!

View from about 1/3 of the way up, where we stopped for a breather:

At our second rest spot...  Saxifraga bronchialis:

     

Though it was not otherwise a very notable plant, this Dryas octopetala had double flowers:

    

Another view and then we're up on the first plateau... excellent timing too for the Silene acaulis:

          

  First of the Potentilla uniflora(?)!

Lori S.
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And more...

          

 

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Toole
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You wouldn't won't to suffer from a touch of vertigo Lori ...going by your last picture.....smiley

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Lori S.
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Yes, I think that steep slope could make some folks a bit queasy!  Perhaps this is a less disturbing view...    ;-)

A charming little plant, new to me this season... Stellaria longipes, I think:

Another new one... Ranunculus grayi?  (Please correct me if I'm getting any of these wrong.)

Saxifraga cernua:

  

We're up there early enough this time to catch some Draba in bloom:

      

There were big drifts of Oxytropis podocarpa in bloom this time (whereas we usually see most already in seed):

      

 

 

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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And carrying along the ridge, there is still a big snowbank behind this stand of kruppelholz sub-alpine fir and Engleman spruce:

More signs of the late spring... willows are just starting to leaf out and bloom here, and the usual carpet of perennials in this area has not even started to emerge yet:

        

Dryas integrifolia (I think?) just starting to put out new growth:

Teensy willows on the sunny side of the kruppelholz... for scale, compare to the adjacent Dryas octopetala leaves:

 

 

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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It is early but still very floriferous (which probably doesn't come across very well in these photos):

    

Dryas integrifolia; Rhodiola integrifolia - a yellow-flowered one and the more usual red; Silene uralensis:

      

Potentilla diversifolia??; an early Anemone lithophila, already in seed; Minuartia austromontana (x2), in bud and in flower: 

      

And heading over to the saddle area:

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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More Dryas integrifolia; Dodecatheon sp. (x2); Myosotis asiatica and Polemonium pulcherrimum

        

Erigeron compositus; Saxifraga occidentalis:

    

And quite a few Pulsatilla patens still in bloom:

      

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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A beautiful Antennaria, offset especially well by the colourful background; Smelowskia calycina; haven't quite figured out what this is - a Caryophyllaceae, possibly Silene uralensis? - but what an amazing taproot!; Androsace chamaejasme

      

Saxifraga caespitosa?:

And finishing off with the star of the early season hike to this area, more Potentilla uniflora(?):

 

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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Great scenery and plant portraits Lori!  Sorry I've mostly been lurking in the background these days.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Steve Newall
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Awesome Lori . Must be good getting out and about . The first trip of the year is always one of the best . Thanks for posting

Balclutha , New Zealand

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Nice to see your trips, Lori, and all the pretty plants!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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