Forgetmenot Ridge, eastern slope Rockies, Alberta - 2014 hikes

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Wonderful trek and images, many thanks for posting.

 

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

Lori S.
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Many more things were in bloom... or seed... when we climbed the ridge again a couple of weeks later on July 15th.

A few of the alpine potentillas (P. uniflora?) were still in bloom, most were done; Crepis nana in the talus:

    

I think this is Astragalus vexilliflexus v. vexilliflexus in seed, and many more still in bloom - a common plant up there:

    

Also in the talus slopes favoured by the Potentilla, Saussurea nuda v. densa, now in bloom:

  

Cerastium beeringianum, I think - a very attractive chickweed in any case:

Oxytropis podocarpa, the very early blooming, very fine-leaved locoweed that was in flower last time, is now showing its colourful seedpods:

The view, with lots of haze from forest fires; flowery meadows; Myosotis asiatica; Dryas in the turf:

      

Still a bit of snow in the north-facing low behind the kruppelholz, but the willows have now leafed out:

    

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

Lori S.
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Senecio sp. on the ridge; Cerastium beeringianum (I've come to think) and Silene uralensis;  Anemone lithophila in seed; Androsace chamaejasme showing fertilized flowers (the centers have changed from white to pink):

      

More, different Senecio sp. (2 photos);  larger view; Dasiphora fruticosa - lovely dwarfed specimens up here:

      

Flowery meadows; the next big show will be the Zigadenus elegans bloom (the glaucous (bluish)  foliage in the photo); Campanula uniflora  (x2)... and lest anyone think these are large plants, the second photo is more to scale:

      

More Androsace chamaejasme; Oxytropis sericeus (correct me if I'm wrong, assuming anyone actually looks at this site); views (x 2):

      

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

Lori S.
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More Senecio sp.; a beautiful specimen of Silene uralensis; Gentiana prostrata - the seed pod of Oxytropis podocarpa shows it's diminutive size:

      

And off the ridge and (almost) down on level ground again, the colour range of Castilleja miniata:

        

      

An unusually coloured Aquilegia flavescens:

Tall blue lungwort, Mertensia lanceolata, in the montane forest:

  

Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, in the lower montane meadow, heading back to the river crossing:

  

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

deesen
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Cracking selection of pics as usual Lori. Many thanks for posting

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

harold peachey
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Hi Lori, FYI I check the new postings here every morning and greatly enjoy your generous contributions - hope to one day see your gardens and/or do a bit of botanising.

 

Thanks

Harold Peachey
USDA Z5, Onondaga, NY US

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