Alpine Ascents

Yesterday, Sunday, Darren and I took a break from the Herpetological Congress to go to Whistler Mountain, which during the summer months is transformed from being Canada’s ski capital to a wonderful outdoor resort centre where visitors can enjoy mountain biking, paragliding, and hiking at all levels – including reaching the highest peak over 7,000ft. The views from the top were absolutely breathtaking.

In the past month I’ve hiked a wide range of trails at different altitudes, from lowlands to higher sub alpine elevations. Here, many of the open forests and meadows have offered me a wonderful opportunity to experience a complete rainbow of colourful wild flowers. The sub alpine area, which extends from an elevation of approximately 1000 metres to 1800 metres (3,000 to 6,000 feet) has typically poorer, less developed soil and is generally covered in snow much earlier  than the lower elevations. It stays buried well into the spring and early summer, when an abundance of colour can be seen.Yesterday was no exception, as the Whistler-Blackcomb mountainous area is particularly good for seeing a huge variety of beautiful wild plants flowering at this time of year. Here are a few:

 

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  1. Nice to see some photos of flowers on your blog Andrew!

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