Sweet-flowered Androsace (Androsace chamaejasme)

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Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Yes, you have a sharp eye, Trond!  That photo is from Forgetmenot Ridge in Kananaskis, one of our favourite (though gruelling) hikes.  The highest part of the ridge is capped by a boulder field of quartz and chert pebble conglomerate slabs.  I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know what formation it is.  If there are any local geologists out there who know, please pipe up!
The conglomerate supports a fascinating growth of lichen - bright green and black, with some orange.  Walking through the boulder field about a kilometer or so out to the true summit is fun and interesting... must watch one's step to avoid twisting an ankle, though, and I imagine the lichen gets slippery in wet conditions.  
I'm describing the area along the crest in the upper left of this photo.  (NB.  I think may be the only photo of myself that I've ever posted here that's a close enough view to make out that I'm actually a humanoid.   ;D)

It's a beautiful area, with views off to the plains to the east and of the mountain ranges to the west:

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

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Joined: 2011-02-03

A fave of mine as well, I'll have to add some photos from some very different sorts of sites as well (don't think my internet connection is strong/fast enough to try now)- in the Kootenay Plains at not very high elevations in grassy areas...

I love the expansive views in your last shots, Lori. Its funny, second to last image in thumbnail looks as though there is a person kneeling in the rocks...lol

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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Joined: 2009-12-15

Thanks Lori, nice to meet you ;) I love that kind of landscape although it is tough to the feet as you say.

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

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Joined: 2009-09-21

Welcome to the forum, Jesonko!

  Thanks for joining in.  Alpines are truly the best of the best, in our opinion!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


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