Still, a few flowers eluded identification. In part this is due to the different stages, lighting, and settings the flowers are photographed in, and in part it’s because while some flowers looked similar to what I had, the plants themselves did not match. I wanted to be thorough, but I have a limited amount of time to dedicate to identification. Those interested can do their own research.
The alpine terrain is known as the tundra. These photos will show some of the typical growth found in this environment.
“Alpine” is not specifically referring to the Alps, but rather to the area above the tree line (around 12,000 feet here in Colorado. . . until the climate changes). It’s the elevation at which trees have too short a growing season. This may be due to low moisture, too low a temperature, or persistent snowpacks.
By the way, for those interested, there are a lot of details in these photos when viewed at full resolution (for that one needs to go to the SmugMug Gallery).
I had seen a line of photographers, tripods all set up, taking pictures of something. It took me a bit to get there and discover they were photographing Mountain Goats (the subjects of a future post).
I was gone for a lengthy while, and it speaks to the patience my wife has to indulge my hobby and propensity for getting distracted by damn near anything I see.
Really, a lot of beauty to be found, and always surprising whenever I visit alpine areas that such delicate plants carpet mountainsides where hardier flora fears to thread.
The SmugMug gallery can be reached by clicking HERE. It has a similar narrative, and there are more photos (57 photographs). Most readers will be content with the visuals above, but it is worthwhile (if interested in that sort of thing) to check out the plants, rocks, and lichen in detail. Some are exquisite.