Friday, 6 July 2018
'Summer in the Alps' Day 5 - Flowers of the Dolomites
Today we chose to accompany David, Collett's resident flower expert for this week and next, on a leisurely flower spotting stroll. We were joined by Anita, Nigel and Chris, who are staying at Chalet Angelo, on the other side of town.
Overcast, with light rain, was not auspicious weather for our gondola and chairlift journey from 1500 to 2500 metres. The third picture shows one of our views from the top. Atmospheric.
It wasn't the best day for flowers, but as I write, Sue's list is approaching 60 different varieties. Cool at 2500 metres, it was with great pleasure that we were able to enjoy the warmth and hot chocolates of the Franz Kostner hut.
After that it was all downhill. Back in continuing light rain to Lago Boè for an al fresco lunch, then to the Lago Boè hut from where the others all took the gondola back to Corvara. Before that we'd seen a black salamander, snowbells, and bear's ear primroses in flower (all uncommon).
The easy walk down the gravel track that forms path number 639 past the Crep de Munt hut saw us back in Corvara by around 3.30, with plenty of time to identify some of the more problematic flowers we'd photographed earlier.
Chalet Roch (pronounced Rock)
Two views from the top of the chairlift at 2500 metres
Sassongher and Corvara from path number 639