Image of the day - 2014

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Lori S.
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Image of the day - 2014

To inspire thoughts of alpine plants and travels in the new year, here's a view of rich alpine tundra with Hector Glacier in the distance!

Toole
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Lovely vista Lori.

Although it's supposed to be summer I'd expect the views into the 'hills' down here to be showing quite a bit of white stuff soon as well as snow is forecast down to 1500 mtrs next few days.Sure temps are meant to reach 21c on the coast here today however with gale force 85km winds predicted on the tops I'm staying put. Been a very wet and windy last couple of weeks ......crying

The up side is that I can start potting on a small number of various seedlings that have germinated in the last 6 weeks.yes.

Cheers Dave.

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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Subalpine larches, Larix lyallii, on Pocaterra Ridge, Kananaskis Country, AB, Sept. 21/14:

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

Hoy
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Larches are so much nicer in the fall than spruces or pines!

We have no native larches in Norway but Ll. decidua and kaempferi are commonly planted.

The first snowfall occurred at our mountain cabin last week (quite normal). Only Vaccinium uliginosum and myrtillus show some colour in the snow.

 

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

deesen
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AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, looks like Christmas, he said in his best Scroogian voicelaugh

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

RickR
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And it snowed in Sydney, Australia, too, I hear.  Not looking forward to it.  I should be out digging lily bulbs right now!

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

Lori S.
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Erigeron glabellus? on Forgetmenot Ridge, AB, early August:

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

Lori S.
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Myosotis asiatica in Tyrwhitt Cirque, Kananaskis Country, AB, August 18th:

There is snow on the ground here today, from a snowfall that started yesterday - quite normal for this time of year, and it should be gone again by Monday or so.

 

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

Hoy
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Seems Myosotis species look better in Canada than here. Our plants get more leaves and less flowers!

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

Lori S.
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Wonder why that would be.  Something to do with all that rain?   Would you have both Myosotis asiatica and M. alpestris there, Trond?

Looking back through my photos, as I try to ID plants, I thought the following one was fairly atmospheric, with both interesting plants and a bit of scenery - a dry, windswept ridge with Eriogonum androsaceum, Delphinium glaucum, and what I have begun to think of as Astragalus vexilliflexus v. vexilliflexus (please correct me if I'm mistaken).

 

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

deesen
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Yes, I agree Lori, it does look atmospheric.

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

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