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cohan
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A second stop along Abraham Lake, this little area is the foot of a mountain, which has been cut off by the road passing through..

This is the site where I photographed the Eriogonum last fall; There were several familiar and unexpected things in flower...
https://picasaweb.google.com/cactuscactus/AlbertaRockyMountainsMay312011...

I found some Androsace chamaejasme flowering here even late in the year, but this seemed to be their peak.. they occur in rock crevices, gravel patches as well as grassy areas with more soil...

       

At first I thought the Dryas were not yet in flower, but many were! I think this is Dryas integrifolia but could be wrong...

         

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

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Here's the Eriogonum, which was discussed on this site earlier in the year (have to dig up the link) and I think it was settled on Eriogonum androsaceum .. almost missed it in this season, much harder to find than in its fall colours! Note the tiny crucifer to the left of the first image... more on that later...

         

Someone's been raiding the Arctostaphylos uva-ursi flowers! (second image)

           

The surprise of this stop was this Potentilla sp At first I only saw some leaves and buds, but then!

             

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

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This small sedge seemed to be making its own mounds of humusy soil-- presumably its own decomposed foliage and trapped blowing soil etc..

   

Viola adunca  another species flowering across a range of altitudes

     

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 some bloom from out in that neck of the woods!

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

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Thanks for the show, Cohan.  Everything looks so fresh and clean... 

In the first pic of Dryas, what kind of spruce are in the background by the lake?

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

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Thanks, Lori-- I was pleased to see there was even some bloom higher up than these photos ( I think I've estimated-based on reading something- that it should be around 1200m around the lake, so not very high)..soon to come....

Rick, I have to admit I haven't examined the trees closely enough to say too much... I think the only options for spruce are Picea mariana (which at a really superficial look I'd say they don't look like, and probably too dry a habitat) P glauca, and P engelmannii comes into the mix somewhere in subalpine areas (we only have the other two, so I know nothing about engelmannii), with hybrids between it and glauca as well

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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They're Englemann spruce, or hybrids of same with white spruce - the narrow spires are characteristic.  (The elevation is too low for subalpine firs - which are also spire-like - and I have never seen them in that sort of habitat.  The trees in the photo don't have the distinctive characteristics of black spruce, either.... and come to think of it, the habitat doesn't look too apt for black spruce either.)

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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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Same site, new album
https://picasaweb.google.com/cactuscactus/AlbertaRockyMountainsMay312011...

This tiny thing was new to me-- I first saw some yellow buds behind other plants--a plant so small, it looked tiny behind Androsace chamaejasme!

And with a fingertip for scale--this is an extra small one, but even the larger clumps no more than a couple of inches across...

Then I saw more, in flower, but I'm not certain whether these were all the same species (haven't tried keying yet, and will probably find I didn't record the right details..lol)--some with quite linear leaves and at least one with very Physaria like leaves..... (so small, I didn't see that pebble in the middle of it!)

   

Close-crop view of texture and buds-- I guess the dark ones are fertilised flowers?

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

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Skulski wrote:

They're Englemann spruce, or hybrids of same with white spruce - the narrow spires are characteristic.  (The elevation is too low for subalpine firs - which are also spire-like - and I have never seen them in that sort of habitat.  The trees in the photo don't have the distinctive characteristics of black spruce, either.... and come to think of it, the habitat doesn't look too apt for black spruce either.)

Thanks for the input, Lori.. I have no knowledge of the trees outside my immediate area...lol.. I agree the site is much drier than any I would expect for black spruce (Picea mariana) though I might not have known that if this were my only visit--everything was wet this year, every spot we stopped!

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

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The other cress at that site was a white flowered species, still low growing, but not nearly as small as the first, though it can flower on small plants...
https://picasaweb.google.com/cactuscactus/AlbertaRockyMountainsMay312011...

           

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

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