An epic end to our road trip with a drive up to 2750m to the Kaunertal Glacier. A fascinating transition from bare snow covered rock to rich species rich wildflower meadows as we descended.
Lots of interesting plants- made a start on identifying some here- provisional ids- please step in if any the wiser.
Alpine Choughs, Snowfinches ,Water Pipits and Alpine Marmots were at the top.
View over the Italian Alps from top of the cable car at 3100m.
Around 2500 meters- Marmot country
Around 1500 meters
Alpine Marmot ('Groundhog')
A few plants in altitude descending order
Alpine Azalea, Loiseleuria procumbens (cheers Domen_
Snowbell sp, Soldanella pusilla or minima
Trumpet Gentian, Gentiana acaulis or clusii (cheers Domen)
Lesser Butterfly Orchid
Ragged Robin- dominated in the wet patches of the meadows
A tall wildflower meadow: Meadow Clary, Star of Bethlehem, Yarrow, Mountain Clover, Sanfoin, Oxeye Daisy, Red Clover, Great Burney etc
A lower carpet of wildflowers, Yellow Eattle, Buttercup sp, Cornflower, Rock Rose, Red Clover, Mountain Clover, Yarrow, Hoary Plantian, Oxeye Daisy etc
Grass of Parnassus
False Heath Fritillary
Small Argent and Sable
White-spotted Sable Anania funebris