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
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/
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)!
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