Albert Edward botany (part 1)

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on September 4. Click a photo to enlarge it.

Reflecting back over the summer (as one does, come Labour Day), one of our highlights was a backpack up Mount Albert Edward on August 16-18. We did the usual thing, camping at Circlet Lake and day hiking from there, followed by a second night at Circlet. There are those who hike or trail-run to the summit as a day trip, but it doesn’t look like much fun!  

Many lovely subalpine plants, and some higher-elevation alpine plants on the rocky ridge to Albert Edward that I don’t get to see too often. Here are some plants and views, and a few shots of my teenage kids en route. We reached the summit on my son’s 15th birthday!

  1. Backpackers ready!
  1. Bird’s beak lousewort (Pedicularis ornithorhynchos)
  1. Castle Crag view
  1. Subalpine daisy (Erigeron glacialis) and a wasp lookalike insect, a hoverfly maybe?
  1. Davidson’s penstemon (Penstemon davidsonii)
  1. Looking to Albert Edward and Mount Regan
  1. Moss campion (Silene acaulis)
  1. Spotted saxifrage (Saxifraga bronchialis)
  1. Tolmie’s saxifrage (Micranthes tolmiei)
  1. A rest in the snow
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