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cohan
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I wont repost the whole thing here, just a couple of similar shots, but thought this post on Antennaria-probably A pulcherrima, one of the tall/erect species, deserved a mention - see it here:
http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=690.15    reply 29
This is something like 5 miles from home, in a nice stretch of roadside/field edge, at least seasonally moist, where I have photographed and collected seed from  a nice assortment of plants- nothing really rare, though this Antennaria is not too common around here (according to the map, may not have been officially observed this far from the foothills- depending on whether I have the id right!)
Antennaria pulcherrima

 

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

RickR
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Thanks for linking back, Cohan.  There is already so much good information and photos archived here that I don't want to forget any of them!  

By the way, you can link directly to any single post or reply:
--- Click on title of the post in question (for replies, it begins with "Re:") to open a page that begins with that message.
--- copy the URL address, and paste it for the link
--- The link will then open the entire page containing the particular post, but will automatically scroll down to where the intended post begins.  
--- Depending on how long it takes for the page to load, you may need to wait a bit, because it won't auto find the post until it finishes loading.

So here is reply #29:
http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=690.msg14758#msg14758

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

cohan
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Thanks, Rick- good tip- now that you mention direct linking to specific replies, I'm pretty sure I should have known that! I'll try to remember this time, as its handier...lol

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

cohan
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Okay- I am determined to at least finish posting photos from that May 2011 trip in this thread..lol
full album of this section:
https://picasaweb.google.com/111492944361897930115/AlbertaRockyMountains...
So, back at it! To save time, I'm using much of the same text as on SRGC, but a slightly different and larger set of photos..
From the near tree line elevations in Jasper National Park, we've come back south toward home, eventually crossed back into Banff National Park, then left the north/south running Icefields Parkway for the more or less east/west David Thompson Highway which will take us all the way home!  The 'off colour' forest in a couple of the  photos is an area which was deliberately burned by park officials a couple of years ago..

As you can see, not a lot of traffic on this highway! Probably there are some key weekends when its much busier (we are very unlikely to go into the mountains on those weekends!) but even times when the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper townsites is quite busy, this highway is not...

   

The bear was very close to the road, near the eastern boundary of Banff National Park, and seemingly dining on dandelions-- maybe that's what we need around here ;)

 

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

cohan
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full album of this section:
https://picasaweb.google.com/111492944361897930115/AlbertaRockyMountains...

.. Then we move into and  through the montane zone and Kootenay Plains- an area I've posted images from in the past-- a rather broad area between mountains, with a couple of rivers and rather dry grassy plains; Due to  low precipitation (variably, depending on exposure etc) and the open grassy areas (and the rivers, no doubt!) this has been an important area for wildlife, esp in winter when they can come down from  harsher/snowier higher elevations and find grass for grazing with generally shallow snow cover if any. The concentration of wildlife (and easily traversed plains) made the area important to Native peoples as well, and there are still large chunks of land in the region managed by aboriginal people. There was an early attempt at farming/ranching by European settlers in the area which failed (I don't know the history of it, but suspect low precipitation/fragile plant communities in some sections- the grassy areas that presumably would-be ranchers were drawn to- probably made agriculture a dicey proposition!).. now most of the land in the plains is protected...

   

more to come from this day, including a stop at my favourite site in the plains... but not tonight!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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Nice to see the black bear, Cohan!  We only tend to see black bears down at road elevations too; we see grizzlies (though not often) up where we hike.  Interesting that it has an ear tag... it's been marked for some sort of study purpose.  

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

cohan
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Often on these dashes through the mountains we have not seen much more than deer (which we usually see many of between Rocky Mtn House and Nordegg especially (for those who don't know the area as Lori does, that's through the 'pre'foothills to the beginnings of the mountains); this trip we saw sheep by Abraham Lake, moose ( I forget where, but of course we see them not rarely at home) and this bear..
I guess if it's going to hang around within a short distance of the park boundary and kiosk, it's looking to be tagged and studied..lol

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Steve Newall
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Cohan - seeing the black bear reminded me that the only one I have seen was also in the Kootenay area . I had a great time driving from Astoria OR to Canal Flats , following the river where I could . Really enjoyed the scenery , the plants and that I could buy a Moro bar in Canada . Seeing all the dead trees in the Roger's Pass area was a bit heartbreaking . Got as far east as Banff .
Keep the pictures coming bud

Balclutha , New Zealand

Lori S.
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Sorry to temporarily divert your thread, Cohan, but I had to look up "Moro bar".
http://www.cadbury.co.nz/Products/Chocolate-Bars/Moro-Bar.asp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moro_(chocolate_bar)

(They are not so common here that I even knew what it was!  ;)  The basic one without nuts sounds Mars bar-ish though.)

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

Steve Newall
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Swweeeett!!! You have Mars bars too . I'm coming back

Balclutha , New Zealand

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