Beautiful plants in the Dolomites

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Anne Spiegel
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Beautiful plants in the Dolomites

We arrived June 28th and left July 12th. There had been a big snowstorm in the alpine areas two weeks beforew we arrived so there was still snow in places and the season was quite early. Although we missed many plants in full bloom such as Pyhsoplexis comosa we made up for it by seeing colonies of Ranunculus seguieri in full glorious bloom. I'll post pictures in batches but not always in any logical order, sorry.

Anne Spiegel
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# 3.  An "owl tree" made by a rifugio owner with a sense of humor
#1.  Soldanella alpina
Other unidentified pictures were Erica carnea and Polygala chamaebuxus

IMYoung
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Anne, I'm sure I'm not the only person not at all concerned about whether your posting are in any logical order.... I'm just pleased to be able to enjoy them!

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

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

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RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Every flower on that pulsatilla has 7-8 petals!

Beautiful pics, Ann, all of them.

P.S. How would we tell if they are "illogically ordered" anyway?  The photos are a treat no matter what!

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

Anne Spiegel
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[quote author=RickR link=topic=370.msg3533#msg3533 date=1280709958]
Every flower on that pulsatilla has 7-8 petals!

Beautiful pics, Ann, all of them.

P.S. How would we tell if they are "illogically ordered" anyway?  The photos are a treat no matter what!
[/quote  Rick, I planned to put them on according to location  and the day's hike - but you're right, no one else would know that.  Glad you enjoyed the first batch.

Lori S.
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It's lovely to see the different plants, and some that are familiar - hope there are more installments to come!  Did you do the trip as a tour, or were the hiking parts self-directed, so to speak?

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

Anne Spiegel
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More coming, Lori.  No tour, we are definitely self-directed.  We have been going for years and some of the plants are like old friends.  The owner of our hotel is an accomplished photographer and interested in plants.  Whenever I haven't been able to find a particular plant he has always been able to give trail ideas. 

Booker
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Beautiful images, Anne! 
Having hiked with Anne and Joe in the Dolomites last year we can confirm that they are seasoned (and very fit) travelers to these magnificent mountains. We enjoyed some quality high alpine time with them in 2009 and hope to repeat the experience in future years. In fact we only missed them this year by a few days and (if permitted - when Anne has finished her entire posting), I will add images taken during the subsequent two weeks featuring, I suspect, an entirely different range of plants and scenery.
We have been leading wildflower walks in these incredible peaks for at least eight of the past eleven years and it is wonderful to see such quality images of some of our favorite plants - just wait until you glimpse Ranunculus seguieri!!!  ;D ;D

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

Anne Spiegel
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Hi Cliff.  Sorry we didn't overlap this year because we enjoyed our alpine day with you and Sue so much last year. Great to be with people who understand that even a thread of a trail must be followed if there's a great plant at the end of it.  Not to mention that since that day Joe has become more understanding about the need to take many, many pictures of the same plant!!  Can't wait to see what you saw the two weeks following our stay.

Anne Spiegel
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An ordinary day in the Dolomites (meaning great plants and great vistas).

Anne Spiegel
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Part 2 - Same day.

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