June 22, 2010

Base of the North Face

We decided to continue to explore some of the higher trains leading to the glaciers, but with the heviy rains,  and risk if rock slides, we decided to keep todays  walks short. This image show how the clouds are thick and moist in the cold alpine air. Even in these conditions, we saw some treasures.
 A Paris species growing in a large colony under some spruce at 7,000 ft. If you are not familiar with Paris, they are a relative of the Trillium, but have four segments of everything, instead of three. What few species there are, all are highly collectable by plant enthusiasts who search for them at the nurseries who 'know'.
When ever I am traveling, I like to see what local florists are doing, This shop in Grindlewald displays Edlewiess in homemade baskets made from roots.
 This just might be the nicests green roof we've seen, on a pizza cafe in the center of Grindlewald, this planting has moss, spruce and stone pine growing along with many small shrubs. The constant moisture provided my mountain mist and the cool summer temperatures certainly add to its success.

Lastly, there are many ground orchids growing in the high alpine meadows, this one stood out from the rest of the pink and white species which are all too difficult to identify. Here, a 
  Neottia nidus-avis blooms under the spruce trees at the base of the Eiger's North Face where it risks getting crushed my the massive rockslides that keep occuring in this wet month of June. We saw many trails so covered with freshly tumbled rock and mud, that the rain had not even had time to wash the mud off of the rocks., as they crushed Stone PInes into tooth picks. SO, we decided to turn back!

1 comment :

  1. I did not see the fig, but I am certainly enjoying this series of posts, especially since it will be in the low 90's today.


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