Boulder Pass, Ptarmigan Lake, Banff N. P. - August 14, 2010

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Hoy
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Skulski wrote:

Thanks, Trond!
Yes, I knew I was on "thin ice" with my intended segue into the lichen photos... I was hoping the "simple plants" reference would cover off the lichen, while "etc." would refer to the fungi... not quite so smooth a transition as I had hoped!  :D :D  
Re. Telephora - I'm sure if you suggest it, it is very likely.  I'll have to look it up, and will report back.  I know very little about fungi, lichens, etc., but it will be fascinating to learn.

Well, lichens are kind of plants in a way being composed of mutualistic algae and fungi in one "organism".
I am by no means an expert of fungi, I just asked a similar question last year on another forum!
( http://www.biologforeningen.org/enbiolog/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=8521&SearchT... )

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

Lori S.
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Ah ha, I think I found out the strange purple-brown fungi.  It seems to be a coral fungi called Clavaria purpurea:
http://www.bowvalleynaturalists.org/html/mushroom_primer.html

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

Lori S.
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Just a note... It snowed in this area last night... Lake Louise webcam shows it all white this morning (Aug. 27)!

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:

Ah ha, I think I found out the strange purple-brown fungi.  It seems to be a coral fungi called Clavaria purpurea:
http://www.bowvalleynaturalists.org/html/mushroom_primer.html

I think you are right!

Snow in mountains in August? That's not uncommon, at least not in Norway. In July, at our mountain cabin, we had freezing temperatures so low that many plants were damaged. Even well adapted mountain plants suffered.
But here at the coast that never happens (I cross my fingers).

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

Lori S.
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Hoy wrote:

Snow in mountains in August? That's not uncommon, at least not in Norway. In July, at our mountain cabin, we had freezing temperatures so low that many plants were damaged. Even well adapted mountain plants suffered.
But here at the coast that never happens (I cross my fingers).

No, it's not uncommon here either, and can occur at any time during the brief, cool summer... if it's raining here, it may be snowing at high elevations.  I thought it would be interesting to note for those who do not experience northern mountain weather, though.
While we've not seen a damaging frost at city elevation in July (yet  :)), I have seen frost on the grass down by the river in every month through the summer.
Today, it's 5 deg C and drizzling in Calgary... supposed to get to a high of 10.  Where'd our blue skies go?!?

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

Hoy
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Yes, of course....
Maybe your blue skies have travelled eastwards? The weather forecast the next week is very good here, and today has been very fine but last week we had heavy rain filling a bucket in one night.

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

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