Saturday, August 08, 2020

Ptarmigan Cirque de Soleil et beaucoup de vent!

Me and the littlest took a quick late afternoon trek up to see the subalpine forest and alpine tundra.  Other than passing a few souls on their way home, we pretty much had the whole mountain to ourselves.  The temperature when we started out was only 10 C and the wind was hard to keep your hat on insane.  I was glad that I brought rain suits and an extra sweater for the littlest, otherwise, I think we would have been cold.

The flowers were stunning - paintbrush in white, cream, 4 shades of pink and red, purple aster, yellow and white avens, arnica, saxifrage, moss campion, Saussurea densa, fireweed, vetch, alpine forget-me-not, rocky mountain goldenrod, luetkea pectinata or smelowskia calycina (not sure which), shrubby cinquefoil, stonecrop, and I think my hard to identify thick-rooted spring beauty plant found way up in a gravelly, shaded crevice.  If anyone has a different identification, let me know, I struggled with this one.Today, even at a much lower altitude there is fresh snow on the mountain top.  

To think last week we were melting in the heat an today, I'm wishing I had a warmer sweater on, inside...!!!

White and Yellow Mountain Avens    
Moss Campion

Thick rooted spring beauty - Claytonia Megarrhiza????


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Consolation Prize

 This has been a strange summer, but I've certainly had some luck having various trails to myself.  This was one of the few new hikes I've done this summer.  A pleasant trek up to the Consolation Lakes near dusk, sushi for dinner, and good company (my husband).  Mount Babel creates an impressive backdrop with its interesting towers and spires.  The flowers were pretty and then we pretty much had Morraine Lake to ourselves for the dusk - which is hard to imagine given that its rare to getting a parking spot, let alone, solitude up here.