First hike of the year - Forgetmenot Ridge, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

29 posts / 0 new
Last post
Toole
Toole's picture
Title: Guest
Joined: 2010-07-02

Lori wrote:

Elmer Fudd hats (with ear flaps and chin straps) kept us  reasonably comfortable, not to mention stylish.

;D ;D

Wonderful vistas and plants Lori. :o
Thanks so much for posting.

Cheers Dave.

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

RickR
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-09-21

Thanks Lori.  What's a dryad?  The nearest definition I can find is a generic plant that grows in dry and/or austere conditions.  Seems to fit...

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

Lori S.
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-10-27

You're welcome, Dave!

Rick, "dryad" is a common name for Dryas spp.... although your definition seems to fit too!

A spruce grouse down the slope from me (this photo is zoomed in)... from the chuckling and bleating sounds she was making, I'd guess she had her brood with her.

Delphinium bicolor; Myosotis asiatica with Rumex:
 

Back on the ridge, more Rhodiola integrifolia; Silene uralensis ssp. attenuata; a Dasiphora fruticosa bonsai:
   

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

Lori S.
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-10-27

And wrapping up...
Cerastium beeringianum(?):

A good-sized mat of Silene acaulis, not yet in bloom:

Ferns:

Retracing our steps, back into potentilla wonderland:
     

Heading down, Erigeron aureus in the sparse band of trees below the ridge, and Saxifraga bronchialis in the exposed rockface:
 

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

Lori S.
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-10-27

And in the meadow bordering the forest proper, Castilleja miniata:
 

And in the broad river floodplain, the huge mats of Dryas drummondii were in bloom:

A nice white Castilleja in the floodplain:

And after another bone-chilling crossing of 5 narrow, shallow channels of the "Big" Elbow River (there is usually only water flowing in 1 channel of the braided stream at this time - but due to very high snowfall last winter and a wet spring...) and the wider, deeper and fast "Little" Elbow River, we were on our way home after a satisfying first hike!

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

Luc Gilgemyn
Title: Guest
Joined: 2011-02-02

Wonderful pictures Lori - despite windy conditions !  ;D

Thanks for taking us along on your hike !

Luc Gilgemyn
Harelbeke - Belgium

Anne Spiegel
Title: Member
Joined: 2010-01-26

McDonough wrote:

Lori,  I'm enamored with Silene uralensis ssp. attenuata, what an adorable little munchkin!  We've discussed this before ;)  Are you able to grow Oxytropis podocarpa; looks like one worth growing for the nice compact mats of foliage alone, although the near blue flowers are great too.

Me too, Mark.  I remember seeing this when it was Silene apetala.  I've tried growing it but seed doesn't seem very available.  It germinated without problem, but getting it past the "mugs" in the summer was a big problem.  The real reason to grow Oxytropis podocarpa, although the flowers are very good, is for the pods.  They are huge and turn an almost mahoghany red-brown when ripe.  It has problems here with the "mugs", not surprising for a snowmelt plant.

Hoy
Hoy's picture
Title: Member
Joined: 2009-12-15

Lori, I love ridges like that! Please keep on walking ;)

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

Lori S.
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-10-27

Well, I certainly hope to, Trond!
Another visit to Forgetmenot Ridge seemed timely yesterday, to see the next phase of bloom.  
The water level was down in the "Little" Elbow River, to where we crossed easily near the parking area, and there was only one shallow "major" channel flowing in the "Big" Elbow... still as numbingly cold as usual though!
Whereas we had fairly scampered up the steep, rough slope last time (perhaps the 100 mph tailwind helped  ;)), I have to admit we both laboured a bit more this time!

So, joining the hike in progress, the big climb is past and here we are traversing the scree slope... the site of the potentilla extravaganza of the last hike.

A new set of plants is delighting us now on the scree slope... Delphinium glaucum, Saussurea nuda var. densa, and the ubiquitous colourful inflated seedpods of Oxytropis podocarpa, very common up here, and shown in the last photo with the developing seedheads of Potentilla uniflora(?):
   

Crepis nana, not so common here... and a little haystack of astragalus/oxytropis/hedysarum stems, prepared for drying by a pika as winter food:
 

And the highlight of this bloom period, Eriogonum androsaceum (more on the confirmation of this species later)!
   

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

Lori S.
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-10-27

Map lichen... or a cryptic message?!?  ???

And more in flower when we have crested the ridge...
 

Packera contermina (formerly Senecio conterminus):
 

The bizarrely charming flowers (what proportions!)of Townsendia parryi:
 

Senecio lugens:

Polygonum vivipara:

Diminutive Delphinium bicolor:

Hedysarum boreale and Dasiphora fruticosa:

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

Pages

Log in or register to post comments