Monday, June 29, 2015

In the High Tatra Mountains

These are just a few impressions of rainy days in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia. Despite the weather, the Tatra is an interesting place and (for central European conditions) very wild. We had not the luck to see a bear, but there are many other things to observe.

High Tatra Mountains
The Tatra Mountains.

High Tatra Mountains
Not so far, a summit cross.

Red Deer in the High Tatra Mountains
A Red Deer.

Anemone sylvestris snowdrop anemone
A meadow with snowdrop anemones.

Carpathian Snowbell (Soldanella carpatica)
The Carpathian Snowbell (Soldanella carpatica) is endemic to the High Tatra.

fairy primrose Primula minima
Fairy Primerose.

Ranunculus platanifolius in the high tatra
A white Ranunculus, maybe Ranunculus platanifolius.

Red Campion Silene dioica
A Red Campion, the flower is suspected as indicator for heavy metals in the soil.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

In the orchid forest

Some orchids in the orchid forest in Lichtenegg in Southern Germany. The area is famous for the mass occurrence of wild lady's-slipper orchids of the species Cypripedium calceolus, but there are many other species. 

lady's-slipper orchids Cypripedium calceolus
Cypripedium calceolus

lady's-slipper orchids Cypripedium calceolus

lady's-slipper orchids Cypripedium calceolus

The Birds-nest Orchid (Neottia nidus-avis) a parasitic orchid without any chlorophyll. The plant needs 9 year for the first flower.

Birds-nest Orchid (Neottia nidus-avis)

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