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McDonough wrote:

Cool shots Cohan, we never have those straight-as-an-arrow highway views here, are roads are more like spaghetti. The Salix bloom closeups are most artistic, I have looked at these closely several times, close attention to details is one of the joys of gardening and nature, thanks for sharing these :)

Thanks, Mark--except for occasional roads near rivers (not that many around here) or until you get to the mountains, straight roads are definitely the norm here!

I have some more spring flower shots coming up, and many of them are macro views-- Shepherdia, Geocaulon, Violas--many flowers that must be seen very close-up to appreciate at all...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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McDonough wrote:

Cool shots Cohan, we never have those straight-as-an-arrow highway views here, our roads are more like spaghetti. The Salix bloom closeups are most artistic, I have looked at these closely several times, close attention to details is one of the joys of gardening and nature, thanks for sharing these :)

Mark, you know why the catkins like the polar bear fur has a light colour outermost and a dark interior?

In Norway I don't think we even have one mile straight roads!

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

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Looks like Sweden...

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
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Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

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Stephenb wrote:

Looks like Sweden...

Still alive Stephen; have you tasted the Senecio?

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

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Stephenb wrote:

Looks like Sweden...

I guess there should be many parts that look similar to Northern Europe--especially here around the boreal forest zone--half our species are 'circumboreal'!

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Hoy wrote:

Stephenb wrote:

Looks like Sweden...

Still alive Stephen; have you tasted the Senecio?

You don't get rid of me that quickly! Senecio poisoning is a cumulative effect.... I doubt that the dosage from the two plants you gave me is sufficient.... (NB! this is a commonly wild foraged plant in Japan).

In English it's called the Aleutian Ragwort and as such is included in the Flora of North America:
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=200024464
Perhaps you'd like to check your plants against the key? Mine probably won't flower until next year!

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
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Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

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Stephen, it seems to fit the description quite well. And it is sure it isn't th common ragwort ;D

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

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May 31, a 'sprint' into the mountains ( I call these daytrips that because we usually cover a lot of ground, and so not too much time is spent at any one stop)..
This trip was about 525km round trip, taking about 13 hours including a quick breakfast and fueling stop in Rocky Mountain House, and another short stop there for a couple of grocery items on the way home.. of that time, about 6.5 hours were spent driving, and the rest divided among  10 or so stops (not going back to count the sites right now...lol)....

Spring was late this year, and snowfalls heavy in many areas, although much of May was warm, so I wasn't sure what I would find floristically, but many sites came through with hoped for or unexpected finds!

First full album:
https://picasaweb.google.com/cactuscactus/AlbertaRockyMountainsMay312011...
Things were green here in the 'lowlands'--just near home, and just past Rocky Mtn House

 

Always good to get those first views of the mountains....

 

The road (Highway 11/ David Thompson Highway, which extends from the Banff- Jasper Highway /Icefields Parkway junction, past home and on east through the city of Red Deer where we often shop) past Rocky Mtn House and into the foothills and mountains, is mercifully nearly empty on a late May weekday, and seems endless, as are the views!

 

More animal life seen this time than we usually have--from the common-- deer, to the not so often seen domestic animals which roadsigns warn you to watch for! To more 'wilderness' animals, seen later..

 

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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The seemingly 'bare' grassy and gravelly roadsides along into the foothills seem uninteresting speeding past (apart from seasons and times when patches of colour may catch your eye) but in fact there are many nice plants, which no doubt get space to grow due to roadbuilding and maintenance have deforested this strip, and keeping some of it bare...
Just starting at this time of year to grow and flower....

https://picasaweb.google.com/cactuscactus/AlbertaRockyMountainsMay312011...

The usual players: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi   Dryas drummondii         Artemisia sp          Antennaria sp

         

Some early flowers: Dryas            Oxytropis sericea?                  Arctostaphylos                      Astragalus sp?

           

Ah, what the heck..... Taraxacum;     the site.....

 

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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A short stop at the viewpoint along Abraham Lake..

https://picasaweb.google.com/cactuscactus/AlbertaRockyMountainsMay312011...

many things not yet in flower, but I did see this species I have not before (that I remember!) Arabis species??

       

Another cress;

   

Views just before (note: most views, unless taken from plant stops, are taken from the moving vehicle, through the glass) and from the stop..

   

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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