New Zealand Alpine Flora

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Steve Newall
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You know it's breezy Ian, when the people start swirling around . Twice I have had my glasses blown off my face

David , we were one watershed ridge  north of you and we circled around above the Irthing catchment until we were nearly at the Shepherd Ck Saddle then we headed down the same ridge as you back to the hut . There is C.philocremna on the rock outcrops nor far to the north of the saddle . Shame about the wind

I will post more pictures tonight . I have spent the last few nights trying to post embedded images but I can't . It is either my computer or our rural internet connection . So says my wife and she knows everything

Balclutha , New Zealand

Steve Newall
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Hi Fermi . I'm sure we can come up with some good captions .

Heading your way later in the month for a bit of culture . The Soundwave Festival in Sydney on Feb 23 and the opening night of the Mrs. Brown's Boys tour in Woollongong the next day . Should get a giggle or two if I wear a wig as I bear a strong resemblance to Agnes Brown and she could be my brother from another mother . Unfortunately I'm the only gardener on the trip so I doubt I will be allowed out of the pubs by myself

 

Balclutha , New Zealand

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The ridge we travelled up is upstream from Shepherd's Creek Hut and after the first creek crossing on the true right . Halfway up is a very distinctive stone column

Jane Peak , the highest point in the Eyre Mtns (complete with some snow ) and the Windley Creek valley

Clint Callens and the first Celmisia philocremna we saw from some distance away

Favoured habitat of C.philocremna .and Raoulia buchananaii . Rocky outcrops facing the sun and the prevailing winds

Raoulia buchananii with a toupee of Celmisia viscosa

Balclutha , New Zealand

Steve Newall
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The next day was a trip to the Gertrude Saddle near Milford Sound in Fiordland . Only a few days earlier there was doubt about the weather as the forecasts were bad but the weather improved . Probably because the summer holidays were over and everyone was back at work .

Dave and I have been here before and there are pictures posted earlier in this thread . It is a great place to revisit but the highlight for us is taking someone there for the first time . In this case it was Doug Logan who had not been anywhere in Fiordland before and Fiordland put on a dramatic show for him . On the drive in low cloud obscured the scenery and he had no idea what was out there then with only half a mile to go the clouds disappeared and the views opened up . Lots of OMG's

First 2 pictures are of ranunculus lyallii . There was a lot of avalanche activity last year especially at the head of the Gertrude Valley . The avalanches also bring down a lot of rock and gravel and when the avalanche snow melts  large areas of gravel remain smothering the vegetation . R.lyallii is often the first to recover sending up stems through the debris from it's extensive rootstocks  below ground

Suicidal Plant Adventure Tour members in their SPAT cave . From left - Steve , Clint , Doug and Dave

The fanciest track cairn around

A couple of pictures of Aciphylla congesta

Adelaide Saddle is the next saddle around the trail . Getting there is a bit too dodgy for me . I've been halfway there

Milford Sound and Aciphylla multisecta flowering

 

 

Balclutha , New Zealand

Fermi
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Excellent report on an excellent trip!

May I propose that you re-name your group to "Suicidal Plant-Lovers Adventure Troupe"?cheeky

Keep on adventuring, guys,

cheers

fermi

PS disturbing news that the NZ$ is nearing parity with the AU$! But it'll be good news for your trip to Sydney. Pity you can't get away for a look at some gardens like the Mt Tomah Botanic garden in the Blue Mountains.

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Toole
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SPLAT  is probably what will happen if one of us has a fall off one of the ridges Fermi ..........wink.

Nice shots Steve .I especially love the Aciphylla with the small tarn and mountain backdrop in your last posting.

I thought about a walk today however decided to continue collecting home Trillium seed and sowing that plus NARGS seed ,(a big thank you to the seed donors/ team),as well as SPCNI seed that arrived yesterday.

Leaves the weekend free so I'll see how a double pair of socks work.indecision

 

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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Great postings, fellows!  Wish I was up in that sort of country in that season!

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

Fermi
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Toole wrote:

SPLAT  is probably what will happen if one of us has a fall off one of the ridges Fermi

I rest my case! It's the Plant-Lovers who are daring, not the plants! They are endearing!

cheekycheekycheeky

cheers

fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Hoy
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Yes please, keep up walking and posting pictures. And don't take chances. Don't want to see any obituaries here.

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

Toole
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Thanks Lori and Hoy

I must confess I've been bit slack this season .I had the opportunity to head away by myself over the weekend however I couldn't be bothered blush.Must be getting too reliant on the company of others .... indecisionsmiley

Spent most of the weekend instead ,picking and sowing Trillium seed.

 

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

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