Ridge walk (Forgetmenot Ridge, Kananaskis P. P., Alberta)

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Boland
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WOW!  I'm speechless!  You have shown many plants here that I have never seen in all my travels out west...I need to hire you as a guide the next time I'm out.  Sooo many spectacular plants!

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Lori S.
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Thanks!  It's my pleasure to show them!
Re. guiding... I "work" for pretty cheap... a sandwich and a litre of water is my going rate.  :D :D

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

Hoy
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Then I will join the party, Todd,  and Lori, I can bring the water if Todd take care of the sandwich.

My favorites this time were the two Delphiniums. They are so dinky compared to the "tyrihjelm" (Aconitum septentrionale) that grows here.

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

Lori S.
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Can anyone stand yet another update?  
We got some more exercise here again on August 23, after some rain and northerly winds cleared the air of thick smoke that had been casting a pall for a few days last week.  (The smoke was from about 300 forest fires burning in British Columbia, and it affected air quality through Saskatchewan, and even as far east as northern Ontario!)

1) Coral fungi, Ramaria sp.(?), in the last band of conifers.
2, 3, 4, 5) On the ridge, Eriogonum ovalifolium var. ovalifolium androsaceum was one of the most prominent plants in bloom, showing colour variations from cream to apricot and rose.
6) The wind was strong (again) and positively arctic up there... we hauled out the big fleece jackets, pants, hats and gloves!
7) Delphinium glaucum still providing colour.
8 ) A bad, fuzzy pic of Gentiana amarella (guess I could blame the wind!  ;)), which was blooming in large number.
9) Townsendia parryi, some in bloom, some in seed.
10) Alpine grasses... must figure these out some day too.

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

Lori S.
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1) Sparse alpine form of Campanula rotundifolia (which contrasts greatly with the robust foothill plants, that form dense blue cylinders of flowers)

Down the warm south-facing slope, and in the swales between rocky ridges, a more prairie-like assemblage...
2, 3, 4) Gaillardia aristata, with colourful yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor); a very orangey group...
5) Solidago multiradiata
6, 7, 8 ) The colour variations of Eriogonum umbellatum var. subalpinum
9) Still a lot of bloom, now provided by Agoseris glauca, yarrow, bedstraw, asters, etc.
10) Castilleja rhexifolia

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

Hoy
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Are you out walking every afternoon and weekend, Lori? The diversity of plants is amazing!

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

IMYoung
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Lori, this thread, as with your other posts, is a joy to explore. As Trond says, the sheer diversity of plants is an
education to see. Thanks for sharing.

As Mark McD. points out elsewhere,  you have now been introduced to a wider audiece in the latest IRG- #8- August 2010..... http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/index.php?log=international

..........it really is a treat to be able to put a face to these great posts!  8)

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

Lori S.
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Well, thank you for looking and for the comments!

Hoy wrote:

Are you out walking every afternoon and weekend, Lori?

Gee, that would be nice!  This year, and last, I finally decided to take as much vacation as possible through the summer (when it counts, in this very short season!) and we have tried to put it to good effect as far as hiking has gone this year.  It's great to be able to get out during the week, and avoid the weekend road traffic. Strangely, the weather has not cooperated as well as usual though - the pattern lately has been 2-3 clear days, alternating with cloud and rain (whereas we usually get uninterrupted weeks of "bluebird" days through the summer - cloudless blue skies, that is).

Thank you very much for the very nice introduction in the latest IRG, Maggi.  Kudos for your success at producing yet another immensely absorbing journal!  

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

Hoy
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Skulski wrote:

 This year, and last, I finally decided to me to take as much vacation as possible through the summer (when it counts, in this very short season!) and we have tried to put it to good effect as far as hiking has gone this year.  It's great to be able to get out during the week, and avoid the weekend road traffic. Strangely, the weather has not cooperated as well as usual though - the pattern lately has been 2-3 clear days, alternating with cloud and rain (whereas we usually get uninterrupted weeks of "bluebird" days through the summer - cloudless blue skies, that is).

The weather cooperated? That never happens here! And 2-3 weeks of "bluebird" as you call it - Utopia that is.
What you describe is a regular Norwegian summer!

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

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