Not alpine but lot of rocks

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Not alpine but lot of rocks

I can't beat Lori's fantastic alpine tour but here is my version of rocky affairs at the moment.

The Archipelago of Kragerø, Norway, consists of about 450 islands, many small and some larger (up to about 8 x5 km2). Most of them are covered by pine forest. The area is a popular place for boating with lots of narrow fjords, inlets, beaches etc. Almost all islands have summerhouses and a few have year-round residents. At the southeast coast you get the best summer weather in Norway here.

Two of the islands consist of moraine - sand, pebbles and boulders; and clay underneath. On these islands the flora is richer and it is popular to picnic here. Small roads and paths make it easy to walk around (or bike).

Here are some pics taken today - nice weather but windy so I got soaked, we had to cross open sea to get to the utmost island of Stråholmen. First the small "village" on the island.
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More village....

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

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Ocean view
(Rocks and flowers to follow...)

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The weather can be tough on the utmost islands. Here the juniper has flattened out.
It is a lot of small freshwater ponds here filled by rainstorms.

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The rock is mineral rich and contains iron ore of high quality but low volume fortunately. The last iron mine closed 50 years ago. More than 100 years ago some people made fortunes digging rare elements like thorium and niobium. One of the Worlds largest thorium deposits is not far away on the mainland.

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Rosa rugosa is common along the shores. It is a garden escape and not all people like that!

Trond
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The majority of the plants are rather common but they can still be attractive!
(Coffeetime - a few more in a while)

Trond
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Wow, fabulous rock formations and erosion!  Love the lichens.
The stone walls are very interesting... they don't look high enough to contain livestock so were they just property divisions or... ?
The last plant you showed - Honkenya peploides - looks wonderful, terrific foliage!  It is circumpolar, apparently.

Re. Rosa rugosa, there are a lot worse weeds.  ;)

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

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Skulski wrote:

Wow, fabulous rock formations and erosion!  Love the lichens.
The stone walls are very interesting... they don't look high enough to contain livestock so were they just property divisions or... ?
The last plant you showed - Honkenya peploides - looks wonderful, terrific foliage!  It is circumpolar, apparently.

Re. Rosa rugosa, there are a lot worse weeds.  ;)

I think in old times the stone walls were covered by spiny bushes. They were property divisions as well. Families typically had one cow for milk and lived of fish and potatoes.. The husbands were pilots waiting for the ships to arrive.

Honkenya is leaves, the flowers are small and insignificant.

Trond
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First coffee then dishwashing (the manual way).

Nice little Sagina nodosa on shallow sandy soil.
Potentilla anserina covers large patches with creeping stems.

Trond
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Tiny but handsome Geranium.
Calystegia sepium where it belongs at the seashore.

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

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