You know when someone drives you somewhere and you realise you chatted to them rather than looking where you were going? So today I went into the French Alps on a field trip. Luckily my phone records where photos are taken so it seems I went to the base of Aiguille de Loriaz in the Vallorcine Valley. Anyway I was in France, and in the mountains. Mt Blanc was invisible because of cloud but we should have been able to see it.
I selected the mountain trip for the BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International) congress which I am currently attending in Geneva. I was probably hooked on alpine plants when I studied the New Zealand alpine forget-me-not (Myosotis oreophila) and I couldn’t wait to get beyond the forest.
Again the forest is spruce (Picea abies) and larch (Larix decidua) forest [which has been THE forest type in my whole trip] but we eventually popped out above the tree line, over 2000m, to these wonderful meadows.
It hailed at one point, a reminder the weather’s far from benign in the mountains, but luckily after our lunch stop!