Beautiful plants in the Dolomites

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Anne Spiegel
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Another day - a favorite hike - great plants, not another soul on the trail.  Part 1 of the trail ends at a rifugio where the food is so good it was featured in the past year in an article in the NYTimes Travel section.  Beyond that is a hike to another top where we sometimes will go for dessert.  The trail is all rock and all "up" so you can figure you earned the dessert by the time you get there.  Plants are great, the following are highlights.

Anne Spiegel
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More of the same hike.  Remember that the season is quite early because of late snow

Anne Spiegel
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Last part of the great day. The rifugio, (the thought of lunch there had spurred me on the last hour), was closed for remodeling, probably thanks to the article in the NYTimes. There was still snow on the trail to the dessert rifugio so we didn't go up.  The food part of the day wasn't too great!

Booker
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Super images once again, Anne.

Just to clarify - image 481 is of the beautiful Rhodothamnus chamaecistus.

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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Thanks, Cliff. I've been having a few glitches posting. Getting the name on the picture is sometimes beyond me.

Anne Spiegel
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And finally, the perfect end to a perfect (although very hungry) day.  I was forced to eat some chocolate I just happened to find in my backpack. Far superior to the whiskey traditionally carried by the St. Bernard on his rescue mission!

Hoy
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"Beautiful plants in the Dolomites" is right, Anne, and you have  beautifully showed them and a beautiful landscape too! If you can't be there yourself, this is the best way.

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

Anne Spiegel
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A nice relaxing day high up in alpine meadows.  Note the red lines in the banner petals of Lotus alpinus, an easy identifier.  The Homogyne alpina is shown in flower but it's the leaves which are so marvelous: roundish, shiny, bright green with red/purple underneath and the edge of the leaf is quite hard to the touch.  For those who are up on their James Bond, it's like Odd-Job's hat. 

Anne Spiegel
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Sorry, pictures #7 and #8 are Sax. paniculata and Daphne striata.  I thought I named everything when resizing the pictures but apparently the computer didn't agree.

Anne Spiegel
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Favorites  on a favorite trail

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