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Title: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on May 25, 2008, 08:10:27 PM
Hi everyone,
I decided to add also few photos from my spring visit to Tatra mountains. I also plan to go for a bit longer than one day to Tatras in summer. I hope to see plenty of fantastic species and of course make hundreds of photos.

Crocus scepusiensis - I need to propagate it fast and share, share, share. ;-)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/szafrany%20spiszkie/IMG_5455.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/szafrany%20spiszkie/IMG_5459.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/szafrany%20spiszkie/IMG_5468.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/szafrany%20spiszkie/IMG_5474.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/szafrany%20spiszkie/IMG_5483.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/szafrany%20spiszkie/IMG_5500.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/szafrany%20spiszkie/IMG_5520.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/szafrany%20spiszkie/IMG_5626.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/szafrany%20spiszkie/IMG_5635.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/szafrany%20spiszkie/IMG_5742.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/szafrany%20spiszkie/IMG_5748.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/szafrany%20spiszkie/IMG_5846.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/IMG_5751.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/szafrany%20spiszkie/IMG_5870.jpg)

Dentaria glandulosa
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/zywiecgruczolowaty2.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/zywiecgruczolowaty3.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/zywiecgruczolowaty6.jpg)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: ranunculus on May 25, 2008, 08:17:19 PM
Super photos of enchanting plants Krzysztof.  Many thanks for posting.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: art600 on May 25, 2008, 09:03:48 PM
You are so lucky to have such treasures on your doorstep.  Wonderful photographs.  Look forward to your next visit.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Michael on May 25, 2008, 09:22:23 PM
Chris, fantastic pictures. That ocean of crocus is overwhelming.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Thomas Huber on May 26, 2008, 08:17:51 AM
Great photos, Chris!
If you're still looking for people to share - put me on the list  ;)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on May 26, 2008, 08:51:22 AM
Wonderful pictures Chris !
What an impressive sea of Crocus !!!  :o :o
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Anthony Darby on May 26, 2008, 10:09:43 AM
Gosh, just found this. Yet another beautiful wildflower meadow. 8) Who said monoculture is boring and sterile!? ::)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Heather Smith on May 26, 2008, 07:22:09 PM
Photographing a meadow of very short-growing flowers like crocus or snowdrop is very difficult to do well, but you have managed it beautifully, Krzysztof. A couple of these would make a great front cover picture for a calendar.  First class!
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on May 26, 2008, 09:05:42 PM
Thank you all for kind words. It wasn't easy to make these photos, because the sun shined only for about 1,5 hour just a minute before I went out from the bus. :] It had not been sun for about 4 days before I came and for about 2 days after I went back home. So I was SO LUCKY, that it is hard to describe. I was in seventh heaven! I run out from the bus, and lied flat on the ground. I did not matter that everyone were looking at me like on a weirdo. I was so happy to get my chance of photographing those Crocuses in sun. Also as I was told, they hadn't opened since that moment. So I had so huge luck to make some photos of them opened. Really it was a fantastic day.

Also I hope to share with you with some new photos at the beginning of July. (I hope I didn't make too much mistakes with the grammar. :D)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on June 08, 2008, 03:35:03 PM
Okay my dearest friends. You better sit safely because you will have an extreme ride! I decided to show you in parts my photos, because there are so many species to show you, that it would be too much to put in one post, I think.

Firstly I would add that my train was late about 1,5 hour so from 9 planned hours in mountains I had only 7,5 hours left. I was really sad when I found that I was 15 minutes from the final goal. Also I couldn't make enough good and many photos of Viola alpina and Lloydia serotina. I took only few photos and thank goodness one of each was not blurred and enough good to show. Unfortunately I haven't seen Primula minima, which was growing only 15 minutes up. The whole track I made up in about 4 hours and down in not even 2 hours. I was running down, because I was afraid I will be late for the train. And I was right. I arrived just about an hour before it left, so I when to eat something because I didn't have any time on the track. Still it was a fantastic adventure. I was passing trough the snow I saw so many, many beautiful species. I was really in seventh heaven! I am afraid what will happen during my longer visit on the end of July... And now, let me present the photos!

Stream
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7553.jpg)

Koscieliska Valley
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7555.jpg)

Viola biflora
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7560.jpg)

Thalictrum minus
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7577.jpg)

Veronica aphylla
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7584.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7589.jpg)

Orchis mascula
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7613.jpg)

Koscieliska Valley
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7565.jpg)

Koscieliska Valley
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7616.jpg)

Koscieliska Valley
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7618.jpg)

Gentiana clusii - It was out of my reach, so I couldn't do any macro photos. :/
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7624.jpg)

Soldanella carpatica
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7698.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7701.jpg)

I was going there
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7713.jpg)

Salix reticulata
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7726.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7742.jpg)

Pinguicula alpina - a carnivorous plant
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7732.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7744.jpg)

A bit higher snow started - about from here a totally blast of plants started. ;-)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7755.jpg)

Soldanella carpatica
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7757.jpg)

Next part will be much better, believe me! :)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: arisaema on June 08, 2008, 05:40:04 PM
Fantastic pictures, thanks for posting!
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on June 13, 2008, 12:22:30 AM
Please forgive me this late post. I just came back home and I had to do gardening stuff for last 3 months. Here is a second part of photos.

Saxifraga paniculata
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7777.jpg)

Botrychium lunaria
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7788.jpg)

Soldanella carpatica
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7795.jpg)

The path I went.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7799.jpg)

Geum montanum
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7806.jpg)

Sun/rain/sun/rain -> that how the weather looks like in high moutains.  ;)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7812.jpg)

Polygala amara
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7825.jpg)

Androsace chamaejasme
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7830.jpg)

Dryas octapetala - last flowering ones.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7833.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7837.jpg)

Pedicularis oederi - semiparasite
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7864.jpg)

Few sights
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7866.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7868.jpg)

I turned back about 15 minutes before the peak.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7870.jpg)

Gentiana verna
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7876.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7898.jpg)

Silene acaulis
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7881.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7888.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7892.jpg)

Last part will contain also fine species. :)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Magnar on June 13, 2008, 09:07:39 AM
Thank you for the wonderful pics. I have enjoyed them very much  :)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on June 15, 2008, 12:27:04 AM
Finally the last part.

Few sights.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7905.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7906.jpg)

Bartsia alpina - semiparasite
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7911.jpg)

Biscutella laevigata
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7914.jpg)

Pulsatilla alpina
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7921.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7925.jpg)

Pinguicula alpina
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7929.jpg)

Anemone narcissifolia
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7933.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7937.jpg)

Primula auricula
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7947.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7951.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7955.jpg)

Ranunculus alpestris
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7965.jpg)

Lloydia serotina - at that point I returned. It started to rain, I had no more space in my camera and I had 3,5 hours for my back train.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7967.jpg)

Viola alpina - I wish I could do it a bit better...
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20VI%202008/IMG_7972.jpg)

There will be more after my 7 days trip to Tatra Moutains.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on June 15, 2008, 02:42:31 PM
Wonderful pictures Krysztof !  A totally new mountain range for me !
Thanks a lot for taking us on your trip !
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: WimB on June 15, 2008, 03:27:29 PM
Wonderful plants.
I would love to live in a country that has views and plants like that.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on June 15, 2008, 11:18:13 PM
Till now I was unable to go to Tatra moutains, because of the distance. It takes by train from Zary to Zakopane (the nearest coty to that National Park) about 14 hours. Also I have to change trains twice. From Warsaw I have a direct train and it takes about 10 hours, when it is not late.

I also wish to go there when the most of plants have seeds, so I could take some to germinate and propagate in future. There are so many beautiful plants that are very hard or if not impossible for ordinary grower to get.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Magnar on June 16, 2008, 09:51:21 PM
I really didn't know Poland had mountains like that  :)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Michael on June 17, 2008, 11:37:33 AM
I also hope to visit some mountains like that one day  ;D
Chris, you are REALLY lucky!!
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Paddy Tobin on June 17, 2008, 06:59:24 PM
Krysztof,

A wonderful set of photographs. It was difficult but I think your journey was well worth it. You will always have the memories - and the photographs.

Many thanks, Paddy
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Katherine J on June 18, 2008, 11:46:57 AM
Many years ago we visited a few times the Tatra (not in Poland, but in Slovakia), and now your pictures recalled nice days (but also with very much rain :'(). Thank you very much, Krysztof!
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Armin on June 18, 2008, 07:04:52 PM
Chris,
super picture mountain tour 8)
Good luck for crocus breeding ;)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Paul T on June 24, 2008, 12:13:45 PM
Krysztof,

The pictures of the crocus meadow at the beginning are breathtaking, and those dark tipped Crocus scepusiensis are just so beautiful.  Here's hoping you are able to share seed etc around..... something that beautiful deserves to be admired by as many people as possible!! 8)  So many treasures in the rest of your photos too...... absolutely stunning!! :D  Thank You!!
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on June 30, 2008, 12:04:56 PM
I will write shortly, because I am in Internet Cafe in Zakopane. Be sure that I will have seeds of Crocus scepusiensis to share with you. I am only afraid how I will show you 400 photos I made. :D I made much more of them, but there are at least 200 to show you. :) but that when I will be back home. Believe me, you will have what to look at. :D (Sorry for mistakes, I am in hurry.)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on July 05, 2008, 11:50:36 PM
Hello everyone,
I got back. I did cleaning outside in my garden, inside in my room and in my computer with photos. I brought home 598 photos from which I put 363 photos on Photobucket. Have photos of about 80 species and I saw much more. Now it will be a very big problem... How will I show you everything and still not too much.  :-\

Here is first part of photos. I finally got everything I wanted to see. This was really a fantastic trip. Still if I wanted to see everything flower I should visit Tatra Mountains at least again in the end of July and August.

Tofieldia calyculata
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8246.jpg)

Gymnadenia conopsea - (orchid) it grew almost everywhere in lower parts of the mountains.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8251.jpg)

Phyteuma orbiculare - isn't it beautiful plant? Also the colour on the photos is just the same like in the nature. That blue...
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8373.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8440.jpg)

Pedicularis verticillata - half parasite. In Poland it grow only in Tatra Mountains.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8358.jpg)

Linum extraaxillare - It could have more intensive colour, but still it is a great species. I cannot tell that it was much of it. I maybe saw 40-50 plants, not more.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8327.jpg)

Arenaria ciliata
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8357.jpg)

Some weird guy...  ;) He looks suspicious.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8372.jpg)

Aster alpinus - I found exactly the same plant as I have in my book, on the same rock. :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8386.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8388.jpg)

Leontopodium alpinum - My first one in nature and lonly one in that place. Much more were growing in a different place which I will show later.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8477.jpg)

Androsace chamejasme - still flowering, but much higher than two weeks ago.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8483.jpg)

Gentiana verna - this time all were beautifully opened. It was impossible not to look closer to each I found on my road. :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8491.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8493.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8553.jpg)

Pinguicula alpina - also flowering much higher, these lower had already seeds.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8495.jpg)

Anemone narcissiflora - The most attractive of all Polish anemons.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8502.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8505.jpg)

Peak -> Ciemniak - my goal for the first day
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8512.jpg)

All white from Dryas octopetala, extraordinary view.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8518.jpg)

Anthyllis alpestris - the alpine form is much more compact then the lowland one and that more attractive.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8520.jpg)

Ranunculus alpestrtis
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8521.jpg)

Campanula alpina - sadly it is one year plant. :(
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8571.jpg)

Lloydia serotina - finally, got a nice photo of it. It was so small and delicate flower that making photo of it wasn't easy.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8565.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8566.jpg)

Gentiana clusii - unfortunately, tourists liked it flowers so I found many sear on the road. :( Hopefully, this nice clump was out of reach for typical tourist.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8554.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8562.jpg)

I think it is enough for today. If it isn't too much and I can give more with one post, only let me know and I will add more next time.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: art600 on July 06, 2008, 01:06:47 AM
Great photos - definitely please post more.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Paul T on July 06, 2008, 01:17:15 AM
Very, very nice.  There's that Anemone narcissiflora again!! ::)  Seems to be EVERYWHERE these days.  ;D  That Phyteuma orbiculare is fascinating, to put it mildly.  Glorious colour!!

Also nice to go back to the first page of this topic and be reminded of those wonderful crocus pics.  8)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Lvandelft on July 06, 2008, 08:00:54 AM
I really don't mind when you show us more Krzysztof!
Beautiful pictures of plants in an area, from where we seldom see what is growing there.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: WimB on July 06, 2008, 10:37:28 AM
Stunning pictures. Very nice colours. That Anenome en Pinguicula are really beautiful

Thanks for the pictures, Krzysztof
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Armin on July 06, 2008, 01:15:34 PM
Chris,
super pictures of the Tatra Mountains flora. 8)
Please show us more  ;)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on July 06, 2008, 01:52:22 PM
Okay, this time I will give much more at once.

Tanacetum alpinum - it has very interesting leafs.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8563.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8576.jpg)

Salix herbacea - probably the smallest Salix in my country. :) I must get one, one day.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8575.jpg)

Campanula alpina again
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8578.jpg)

Doronicum clusii
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8579.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8581.jpg)

Ciemniak - I forgot to say, that I was playing wit snow. :) Weird feeling, hot and sunny and you are playing in the snow. :) That was unforgettable experience!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8584.jpg)

Primula minima - it was flowering in places where the snow have just melt. When I saw the first one my hart started to beat much faster. :) Last time I couldn't get to place they grow, this time I did!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8586.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8588.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8591.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8594.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8614.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8649.jpg)

Viola alpina - last time I also couldn't make good photos of this one. Now it was different.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8623.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8624.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8626.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8635.jpg)

Viola alpina and Ranunculus alpestris
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8628.jpg)

Salix acaulis and viola alpina
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8636.jpg)

Trollius altissimus - it grew just in the highest places. A real beauty. (More photos next time)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8640.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8645.jpg)

Sight from the peak Ciemniak
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8641.jpg)

Saxifraga caesia - unfortunately I was to tired in the last day to climb so high to make photos of it flowering. Maybe another time. ;-)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8650.jpg)

Hedysarum hedysaroides - it has really intensive pink colour and just started to open flowers, also only on the peaks.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8647.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8648.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8884.jpg)

Rescue action - some woman broke her leg on very dangerous, loose rocks.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8651.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8655.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8657.jpg)

Vanessa atalanta - I must admit, that it was very, very little butterflies. Maybe I saw 6 species. I thought that there will be hundreds of them and tens of species. But plants repair that drawback.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8666.jpg)/

Dactylorhiza majalis - still flowering and in lowland it ended about 1,5 month ago.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8669.jpg)

Pinguicula vulgaris - like P. alpina is a carnivorous plants. It grow in much lower parts.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8674.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8688.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8689.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8743.jpg)

Traunsteinera globosa - orchid (look at the fly, caught by a spider)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8730.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8734.jpg)

Vipera berus - it ate something
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8760.jpg)

Rosa pendulina
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8768.jpg)

Corallorhiza trifida - very tiny orchid, not so impressive, but interesting.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8775.jpg)

Ranunculus platanifolius - that plants was a nice surprise. I didn't know that there are any other white flowering Ranunculus in my country. Now I know.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8779.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8783.jpg)

Cirsium erisithales
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8786.jpg)

Digitalis grandiflora
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8789.jpg)

Lilium martagon - that day it was the only one a bit opened, when the last day I found one fuly flowering.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8796.jpg)

Pedicularis hacquetii - I was told, that this Pedicularis is not so common and I had luck to find it. :D One could say it was a rarity.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8812.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8810.jpg)

Primula elatior - it is unbelievable, but it was still flowering, 3 months after these in lowland, really amazing!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8819.jpg)

I had to climb with a cain linked to the rock.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8823.jpg)

Angelica archangelica
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8829.jpg)

Sights
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8846.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8836.jpg)

Peak -> Giewont
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8848.jpg)


Trollius altissimus - my second day goal was peak Malolaczniak and between it and Ciemniak were growing the most of it.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8862.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8865.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8877.jpg)

Wile going back the weather changed.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8885.jpg)

Some Carabus eating a snail. So do if you find one like that in your garden you should be happy. It can follow the snail trail and catch it.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8890.jpg)

Gymnadenia conopsea - interesting white form, I found only one.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8896.jpg)

Coeloglossum viride - also an orchid
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8906.jpg)

Aquilegia vulgaris
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8909.jpg)

I think for today it is enough. More tomorrow.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on July 06, 2008, 04:49:38 PM
Wonderful pictures Krysztof - I had never realised the Tatra's were so beautiful and had such an impressive flora !  :o
Thank you very much for taking us on your trip and don't hesitate to show more !  ;)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Brian Ellis on July 06, 2008, 04:58:40 PM
What a treat to share your trip Krzysztof. Thank you.  Keep the pictures coming we are all enjoying them.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Kristl Walek on July 06, 2008, 09:15:06 PM
Krysztof, my family background is Czech father, Slovakian mother---and I have spent time in the Slovakian Tatras close to the village where my mother grew up near the Hungarian border. The next time I go there, I will remember to try to visit Ciemniak peak in the Polish High Tatras...

Your pictures make my heart ache with longing...a sincere thank you for going and for sharing what you experienced. Your love of the plants shines through your words and photos.

Kristl

Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Martin Baxendale on July 06, 2008, 09:25:48 PM
Kristl, what's the name of your mother's village? My wife is from a village just outside Roznava and when we're there with the children we often get a bus to Poprad and up to the Tatras via Stary Smocovec.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Kristl Walek on July 06, 2008, 10:02:17 PM
Martin...it's a small world, for sure. The old (1233) and tiny village is called Mnisek nad Hnilcom. Gelnica district; Kosice region.

I was last there with my mother and aunt in 2003, and spent a wonderful few days in the High Tatra. We were so happy to finally get to our destination in the village, after being turned back at the German-Czech border (we wanted to go via Prague) because Canadians needed a Visa--which I did not realize--- and having to then backtrack and enter through Bratislava.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Armin on July 06, 2008, 10:41:15 PM
Chris,
amazing pictures. You were quite lucky to see a Vipera berus! 8) 8) 8)
And, I like the Aquilegia, Viola and Lilium martagon 8)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Maggi Young on July 07, 2008, 09:30:47 AM
Krysztof, many thanks for sharing this wonderful trip with us. It is so exciting to feel the warmth of the sun and the pleasure of finding thse beautiful plants in nature and seeing them in your very good photographs! Thank you!!
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Thomas Huber on July 07, 2008, 11:52:03 AM
JUST GREAT!!!
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: David Nicholson on July 07, 2008, 02:52:01 PM
What a great thread.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: ruweiss on July 07, 2008, 09:39:42 PM
Thank you for showing us all these good things from this beautiful part
of our world.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on July 10, 2008, 10:09:54 PM
Hello everyone,
I am sorry, that you have to wait so long for another part of my photos, but I have now practice in a hospital. I come back home very tired and if that could not be enough I probably got ill. There are some people, for who waking up at 6 is a nightmare. :) I am one of them.

Because you haven't seen any new photos for longer time, I will add more so you will sit your hunger. ;-)

Neottia nidus-avis - chlorophyll-free orchid
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8944.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8938.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8941.jpg)

Cicerbita alpina
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8947.jpg)

Monochamus sutor
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8991.jpg)

Lepturobosca virens
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_8998.jpg)

Parasemia plantaginis
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9061.jpg)

Crocus scepusiensis - seed bag, two of few millions :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9092.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9098.jpg)

Maianthemum bifolium
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9126.jpg)

Doronicum clusii - once again
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9166.jpg)

Alectoria ochroleuca - quite nice lichen.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9173.jpg)

A slope
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9200.jpg)

The High Tatras
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9206.jpg)

Czerwone wierchy (red peaks)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9202.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9214.jpg)

Sempervivum montanum - if I mistaken with this species, please correct me.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9232.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9239.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9247.jpg)

More sights
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9273.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9271.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9276.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9264.jpg)

Leucorchis albida - very little and rare orchid. I only found 6 plants. Three here and three in Chocholowska valley.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9283.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9292.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9298.jpg)

Track by Czerwone wierchy - there were really fantastic views and plants. When the wind blow from the dark side it was freeze cold. When it blow from the sunny site it was fantastic warm. :)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9309.jpg)

Viola lutea ssp. sudetica
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9318.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9329.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9347.jpg)

Homogyne alpina - it has very interesting leafs, but if it has any bigger flower than it would be a perfect species to rock garden. Like that it is less attractive.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9354.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9357.jpg)

Gentiana punctata - unfortunately tourists liked to pick it flowers. :/
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9364.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9444.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9455.jpg)

Salix herbacea - I wonder how old this plant could be.. 50 years? :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9429.jpg)

More sights
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9419.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9422.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9414.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9423.jpg)

Thymus carpaticus with a great composition with renaria ciliata.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9483.jpg)

Pedicularis verticillata - going down from Giewont
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9486.jpg)

Peak -> Giewont
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9492.jpg)

Veronica fruticans
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9501.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9542.jpg)

Anthyllis alpestris
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9504.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9566.jpg)

Geranium sylvaticum - it was growing almost everywhere and made slopes pink-violet
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9509.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9512.jpg)

Leontopodium alpinum - wile going down from Giewont I found some of them, but the most beautiful ones were out of my reach, and hopefully out of reach for other tourists.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9520.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9533.jpg)

Habitat for tens of species
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9541.jpg)

Aster alpinus - young solitary plant, but how superb.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9528.jpg)

Dianthus plumarius ssp. praecox - that one was a really nice surprise.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9546.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9550.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9557.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9569.jpg)

Salix reticulata
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9570.jpg)

Polygonum viviparum
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9581.jpg)

Adenostyles alliariae - rather big plant, but I think I must take seeds of it one day. It has interesting flowers.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9596.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9599.jpg)

Coeloglossum viride and Gymnadenia conopsea in nice composition. :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9607.jpg)

Pinguicula vulgaris in Strazyska Valley.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9609.jpg)

Some extremely weird mushroom
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9616.jpg)

River in Chocholowska Valley
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9619.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9620.jpg)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: ranunculus on July 11, 2008, 06:50:02 AM
Superb images as usual Krzysztof  ... many thanks.

Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on July 11, 2008, 07:57:53 AM
More beauties you're sending us Krysztof !  8)
What a wonderful Dianthus plumaris !  :o
Many thanks !
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: art600 on July 11, 2008, 09:22:50 AM
Krzysztof

Once again stunning phots.  Did you camp?  How many days did you spend walking/climbing in the mountains - was it hard or would older people be able to do it?
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Brian Ellis on July 11, 2008, 09:38:14 AM
Excellent thread Krzysztof, lovely to see the views of the terrain as well as the plants endemic there.  Thanks ;D
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Maggi Young on July 11, 2008, 10:15:24 AM
Krzysztof, wonderful photos and so interesting to travel with you in these beautiful mountains. A thousand thanks! :-*
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on July 11, 2008, 11:51:05 AM
Krzysztof

Once again stunning phots.  Did you camp?  How many days did you spend walking/climbing in the mountains - was it hard or would older people be able to do it?

I did not camp. I was leaving in a tourist house. The price was really fantastic. I played 28 zl (not even10 Euro) per day and I had a bathroom. Also I had great locality, because I had about 10-20 minutes to most tracks. I were 6 nights in Tatras, that means I waked 7 days in the mountains. It was hard, but I had very fast rate. Also I liked to wake up at 9.00 or 9.30 and do on the track at 10. :) The harder tracks took me 7-8 hours with photographing. As you see I took hundreds of photos and that take time to do. Maybe not all tracks would be for elder people, but most of them for sure.

Kind regards,
Krzysztof Ciesielski

P.S. Next time I plan to go to the High Tatras, because there is a bit different flora.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: hadacekf on July 11, 2008, 02:40:13 PM
Wonderful pictures of beautiful plants. Thanks
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: ian mcenery on July 11, 2008, 04:10:15 PM
Krzysztof just fantastic thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on July 17, 2008, 11:52:36 PM
If you thought, that it is all, you were very wrong. :)

Aconitum napellus - one of the first flowering
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9629.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9637.jpg)

Andorsace lactea
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9664.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9703.jpg)

Saxifraga paniculata
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9710.jpg)

Lycaena hippothoe - it was weird, that it were so little butterflies in the mountains.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9742.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9766.jpg)

Aglais urticae
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9754.jpg)

Lasiocampa quercus
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9795.jpg)

Pyrola uniflora - tiny and very beautiful
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9813.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9819.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9828.jpg)

Pinguicula vulgaris - found in a third place during my stay in Tatras.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9852.jpg)

Clematis alpina
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9886.jpg)

Thymus carpaticus - it was growing almost everywhere and made all places shining from its pink colour.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9959.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9970.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9967.jpg)

Silene dioica - how different from the S. acaulis...
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_9981.jpg)

Digitalis grandiflora - close up
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_10007.jpg)

Parnassia palustris
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_10025.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_10041.jpg)

Lilium martagon - after few days it flowered so beautifully
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_10050.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_10054.jpg)

Delphinium elatum
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_10074.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_10077.jpg)

Aruncus sylvestris
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_10084.jpg)

Selaginella selaginoides
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_10132.jpg)

Tremiscus helvelloides - very rare species, that I was told. :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/VI-VII%202008/IMG_10161.jpg)

That would be all of my this year trip. But do not even try to think, that it is end of this topic. To see everything what is to see in Tatra Mountains, I will have to make at least 4 more such as trips. There will not be so many new species, but I promise to find something special for you. :D
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: David Shaw on July 18, 2008, 08:22:58 AM
Krzysztof
Thank you for this wonderful collection of pictures taken in a wonderful mountain region.It is now many years since I was in the Tatra Mountains but this brought back good memories. Get yourself rested now so that you can go back next year to show us more plants.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: WimB on July 18, 2008, 06:30:03 PM
Krzysztof,

I really enjoyed these picture. I'll be awaiting the pictures of your next trip(s)...
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Paul T on July 21, 2008, 01:25:18 AM
Wonderful pictures Krzysztof.  Thank you so much for preparing and sharing them.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Michael on September 19, 2008, 09:01:04 PM
Wow i didnt knew Aconitum grew like half aquatic in streams. All i know about that plant is that its highly toxic. Even though its beautifull!

And that martagon makes me speechless!
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on September 21, 2008, 02:22:35 PM
I have another part of photos from for you. After I visited  the Tatras Botanical Garden in Slovakia I staid a wile to see what new is flowering. It is really fantastic that in the mountains there is always something flowering. I am sorry for the photos quality. I went there after I passed my anatomy exam and I had no digital camera. I was afraid my mother to send me Canon so I pleased her to post me Nicon. How could I go to the mountains without any camera. That would be a sin.

Enjoy!

Starting with an mountain butterfly: Limenitis camilla
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1284.jpg)

Really great Gentiana asclepiadea which I found three forms of it.
Typical form:

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1287.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1292.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1288.jpg)

Light form:
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1307.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1308.jpg)

White form was just ending its flowering:
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1370.jpg)

Aconitum variegatum made a mountain meadow whole in blue. Really unique sight.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1303.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1296.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1298.jpg)

I also fund one and only one lighter form. In probably only in thousands of typical form. :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1305.jpg)

I made only one good photo of Gentianella lutescens, but gladly one I have.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1317.jpg)

I also found few Dianthus speciosus. they really have huge flowers wile still beeing not so big.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1323.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1327.jpg)

That part of mountain range I was wandering is called in Poland "Czerwone Wierchy" = "Red peaks" and the reason why they are called so is their red colour in the Autumn. They just started to change colours.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1330.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1331.jpg)

I was really lucky finally to find that very rare species: Saxifraga oppositifolia.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1334.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1335.jpg)

Delphinium oxysepalum - I always thought it is a bit bigger plant, bust still charming.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1340.jpg)

And opposite, I always thought Gentiana ciliata has is much smaller. :D It has really impressive size flower.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1373.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1374.jpg)

Of all "alba" forms I think that this one is the most odd and rare.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1387.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1384.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1383.jpg)

Tatras endemic annual plant. Euphasia tatrae.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1403.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1404.jpg)

Carlina acaulis- I haven't know, that it is light pink on the beginning of flowering.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1378.jpg)

Very tiny species Gentianella amarella.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/6%20IX%202008/DSCN1406.jpg)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Maggi Young on September 21, 2008, 02:37:18 PM
More really good photos, Krzysztof  8) The quantity of Aconitum is wonderful.... so many other very fine blue flowers, too! A delight, thank you! And thanks to your Mother for sending the camera!!
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: snowdropman on September 21, 2008, 03:15:46 PM
Drogi Krzysztofie !

Thanks again for more wonderful photo's of the plants in the Tatra's.

You have a great skill with your camera & manage to produce photo's that really bring out the best of the plants.

I read your earlier posting about the Tatras Botanical Garden with regret - I say regret because I was at Tatranska Lomnica about 4 weeks ago, but had no idea that it had a Botanical Garden  :(

A Polish friend had brought us over onto the Slovak side and we went up the Cable Car into the High Tatras where we saw some lovely campanula tatrae in full flower - I liked this flower a lot and am going to try to grow it here in the south of England.

The photo's that you have been posting make me want to go back again soon!

Congratulations on passing your anatomy exam.

pozdrawiam serdecnie


Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: art600 on September 21, 2008, 03:19:47 PM
Krzysztof

Your photographs are always stunning.  The various gentians were incredible.  I wish I had your eye for a good shot.

Thanks for your postings
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: hadacekf on September 21, 2008, 08:28:30 PM

Krzysztof,

Wonderful pictures of beautiful plants. Thanks
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Armin on September 21, 2008, 08:38:03 PM
Chris,
it is a great pleasure to view a new part of your "Tatra Mountains" picture show.  8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on September 21, 2008, 09:49:00 PM
Chris, when I saw: "Drogi Krzysztofie" I was amazed that you know a bit of Polish. :) But since you have Polish friends everything seem to be clear. It is a problem how to explain where in Tatrzanska Lomnica is that Botanical Garden, but if your friends ask anybody in Polish, everyone will tell you how to go there. It is about 200m from the bus station so it is hard not to find it. It isn't big ans usually botanical gardens are, I would say, that it is very tiny, but full of interesting species. I was told, that they start to sell plants about end of May. I do not know the exact date, but going there in the beginning of July is the best time to do that. They should have all species they list. I even thought about buying more plants there once and try to sell them. The prices they have are funny silly, and the quality of most of species is really nice.

Probably I will be able to buy some plants for the users, but I will have to make a list first and it won't be big amount. I would not like to carry over 30 kg of plants again, it was really exhausting.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on September 22, 2008, 08:20:31 AM
Wonderful pictures Krzysztof !
You're putting the Tatra's higher on my "wants" list with every posting you make !!  ;D
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: snowdropman on September 22, 2008, 09:05:55 AM
Chris, when I saw: "Drogi Krzysztofie" I was amazed that you know a bit of Polish. :) 

I would like to be able to say that I know a lot more Polish - my wife and I have Polish lessons twice a week - but it is a very hard language to learn and it I think it will be a long time before we can have a conversation in Polish!

Thank you very much for this further information about the Tatras Botanical Garden, which I shall remember - we were staying at Piwniczna (in the Beskid Sądecki) and hope to return there in the not too distant future.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on May 11, 2009, 06:15:46 PM
Hello everyone!
It is time to refresh this topic with some few new photos. I will not have much of them, because I was in Tatras only for two days. One day I spent in Tatrzanska Lomnica sleeping on the ground in the forest waiting for the opening of botanical garden. :) I have bought there SO many great plants from those mountains... The next day I came back to Zakopane in Poland and went for few hours walk. Here are photos I made than. Enjoy!

Soldanella montana
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3258.jpg)

High Tatras in Slovakia
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3265.jpg)

Soldanella hungarica (I think so)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3293.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3298.jpg)

I wonder if Slodanellas makes crossings, because if they do, than it would explain why I had so many times problems to distinguis S. montana from S. hungarica. In some situations it was obvious looking on their leaves and flowers in some situations the flowers were more like S. montana, but leaves were totally not typical.

Soldanella sp. - ones I was really not sure what were they.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3306.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3320.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3379.jpg)

Vipera berus - very dignified animal. Wile photographing Soldanellas I run into it.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3458.jpg)

Soldanella montana flower
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3477.jpg)

S. montana (L) and S. hungarica (P) flowers compare
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3488.jpg)

Dentaria glandulosa
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3500.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3511.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3513.jpg)

Caltha palustris ssp. laeta
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3506.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3508.jpg)

Gentiana verna - just started flowering in the lower parts of the mountains and it will be still flowering till July on the mountains peaks. One never get used to that colour. :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3515.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3520.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3533.jpg)

Czerwone Wierchy - "Red Peaks" - how nice they look with that snow.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3529.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3525.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3531.jpg)

Crocus scepusiensis - The very last ones, I was very surprised still ti find any flowering...
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3538.jpg)
(This is one of my best photo)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3578.jpg)

Vipera berus again - I really had too look under my feet, because I almost sat on the first one... That probably would end very unpleasant. (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3569.jpg)

Soldanella hungarica - this one I was 100% sure
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3551.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3557.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3555.jpg)

Soldanella carpatica - I have found only that one in hundreds of S. montana and hungarica and probably their hybrids...
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3563.jpg)

Anemone ranunculoides - really beautiful
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3580.jpg)

Undergrowth on the beginning of Koscieliska Valley, that was something I really haven't suspected to see. That Anemone ranunculoides, A. nemorosa, Primula elatior and Dentaria glandulosa all together made a perfect compositions of shapes and colours. And that amount of them, that is really unspeakable experience!

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3584.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3586.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3588.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3592.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3596.jpg)

That would be all for now.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Gerdk on May 11, 2009, 07:32:56 PM
Overwhelming pics, as usual!
Nice to see Dentaria glandulosa in the wild - it is growing here in a bed in front of my house.

Gerd
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Armin on May 11, 2009, 09:08:20 PM
Chris,
I concur with Gerd, simply overwhelming! :o 8) 8) 8)
What a beautiful nature there is (including Vipera berus :)).

 
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Maggi Young on May 11, 2009, 09:29:00 PM
I am astonished at the colour of the viper .... so bright! Here our vipers ( adders) are quite dull brown and grey.... very hard to see in the heather  :o  This one from the Tatra is like a jewel.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on May 11, 2009, 10:16:04 PM
Yeah, the Vipera berus was really beautiful. I have never seen this species in so bright and contrast colours. In my city I have found them much more dark, once I have found it brown, but I have never seen any one like those in Tatras. :) They were truly amazing. They were warming up in first warm, spring sun. They were very calm and fearful. They run away so fast, that I had real problems to make one good photo of them. The first one I tried to stop in one place, but it just run and run away, so I did not disturb it long and let it go.

In the past Vipera berus were very common in Zary but than in two years they extinct, I stopped seeing them. After four years finally (two years ago) I have found that one:

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Zwierzeta/zmijazygzakowata1.jpg)
It is totally different animal.

This year if I will be able to go to Tatras again I plan to visit some new places in West Tatras, and make photos of some new species. Maybe I will go once or twice on the Slovakian site to see some species that do not grow in Poland any more, but they used to. I think, that I will have to go at least 3 more times to see everything what those mountains offer. :) But even than I will not resign of visiting that place. There always will be something new to explore. Next year if I will go there, I will try to concentrate on High Tatras where are also some unique species, that do not grow anywhere in other parts of those mountains. :)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on May 12, 2009, 08:40:43 AM
Thank you Chris !
Wonderful pictures - great nature !!  :D
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Ragged Robin on May 12, 2009, 11:29:27 AM
Absolutely stunning photos all round and your enthusiasm for Nature is clear in everyone of them - have you thought about a book of your adventures in the Tatra Mountains?

PS I'm still searching for your request.... :)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on July 28, 2009, 01:25:57 AM
Hello my DEAREST FRIENDS,
I come back to this topic again with loads of photos for you from Tatra Mountains. I was in the same places for third or more times now and still I find new fantastic species. I really love those mountains. :) Of course it would be impossible to see everything new each time, but it is really incredible, that in the middle of July you can still find the last Soldanella carpatica, Primula minima or Gentiana verna. Like before I went to West Tatras. I went all the same tracks I did the last time. All because of my cousin with who I was this year in the mountains. I wanted to show her all the magnificence of those mountains. I must say, that she was really and totally shocked how loads of great things one can find just on a singe track. Even my friend from Poland hardly beleive I find all the species on the track and I do not sheer off the track. But I really find all those plants only and just near the tracks. :) Unfortunately, not all tourists are like my and my cousin. They trample rare plants, they pick up flowers and throw them away when they fade, they destroy mushrooms without a reason. For the first time I found people smoking on the peaks, what was really horrible. You do to the mountains to breathe fresh and even herbs smelling air, not to smell cigarettes smoke. :( For the first time I was more sad than happy of what I have found. Because of that I have about 370 photos on my Photobucket album, I will show you photos in parts. Of course I will not show you all 370 photos, because that would be too much. I brought with me about 420 photos. I have found some really outstanding species, from which I think you will be very satisfied. I wish you a pleasant journey in your minds wile watching the photos. Enjoy!

Gladiolus imbricatus - it was the first plant that welcomed us in the Tatra Mountains. It was growing in front of grocery we made shopping every day. Fortunately, this one was not noticed by tourists, unfortunately some other nearer to the rad disappeared in two days... :(

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6138.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6168.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6176.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6188.jpg)

Dactylorhiza fuchsii - the only one I have found
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6191.jpg)

Dactylorhiza maculata - instead of D. fuschii that one was really common. I found it almost in all valleys.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6209.jpg)

Campanula polymorpha or scheuchzeri - do you know what is the difference between those two? I really do not know. This looks to me more like the second one according to the photos in Google, but I cannot really say where is the difference. Any help will be appreciated.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6216.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6284.jpg)

Pedicularis verticillata - still flowering in the lower parts and fully flowering on the peaks. I lobe that species. I decided to try to grow it on a Poa alpina, we will see if there will be any effects (I think about sowing the seeds).
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6259.jpg)

Traunsteinera globosa - aahhh... :) On a part of 1 hour track I counted around 60 flowering plants. On the longer tracks there were hundreds of them. Unforgettable view.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6272.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6275.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6278.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6319.jpg)

Rhinanthus minor - half parasitic plant. Quite nice, a from closer look.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6314.jpg)

Linum extraaxillare - It has that amazing blue, ahh. :D Why cannot it be so small and compact in the garden... :/ I know why, because I would have no reason go and see it in the mountains... :D How tricky plant. ;-)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6324.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6325.jpg)

Gymnadenia odorata - for the first time I found that species. From my observation it flowers about two weeks after Gymnadenia conopsea. Probably there are also crossings between those two species, but they are almost impossible to recognize. But I think I have found some more pale colour plants with that "tail" shorter... :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6329.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6331.jpg)

Botrychium lunaria - very tiny fern. Unfortunately, so small and groing so near track, that after four days 10 plants were gone. :( That is really sad.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6335.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6346.jpg)

Ranunculus alpestris - This clumped looked so great, that I had to make a photo of it. :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6353.jpg)

Gentiana verna - as promised, here you have. Still in full flowering. Just amazing, what to say more?
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6357.jpg)

Saxifraga wahlenbergii - an endemic species groing only in Carpathians.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6360.jpg)

Solcanella carpatica - one of the really very last few. During my whole trip I have found maybe something around 10 still fully flowering plants. But still flowering, isn't that great? :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6369.jpg)

This species I do not know. I think it is some Lotus sp. But I cannot find which one.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6377.jpg)

Solorina saccata - quite rare lichen. Beautiful, don't you think?
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6379.jpg)

Silene acaulis - standard, growing everywhere on the peaks, and flowering very long. Than long, than the better. :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6389.jpg)

Oxytropis carpatica - that was something new. That violet mixed with a drop of blue and pink. :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6395.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6405.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6417.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6419.jpg)

Astragalus australis - It was just one plant, on the whole slope it was alone of its kind. Thanks to that I have noticed it and, something else. :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6423.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6428.jpg)

Chamorchis alpina - very tiny orchid. I have found it when I almost touched ground with my camera. I photographed Astragalus and near by, low on the ground I see it. I was really paralysed with shock. I always thought that this plant is much bigger. But it is about 3-4 cm high. I will show more photos of it on the end, because I went there to make better ones the last day.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6447.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6444.jpg)

Oxytropis carpatica from the perspective of Chamorchis alpina.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6446.jpg)

Gentiana clusii - also the last flowering one.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6450.jpg)

Pedicularis oederi - finally I have a nice photo of this species to show.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6457.jpg)

Primula minima - I was searching for this one very hard to show it to my cousin and I found it. As you can see it already lost it colour, but it was still flowering. :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6460.jpg)

Papaver tatricum - new fantastic discovery. I like that crystal clear, white flowers and its creased-paper-like petals. :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6467.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6468.jpg)

Hedysarum hedysaroides - I must write that I have bought that one in Tatrzanska Lomnica last year. I had seeds and now I have seedlings. :) I year or two I will be able to offer this plant to you. :) The same with Astragalus australis.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6472.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6489.jpg)

Gentiana frigida - that one was a real surprise. I thought it grows only in the High Tatras, but I was wrong. I have found three places near the track where were growing about 5-7 plants in each. As you can see it was still not flowering, but I intend to go to Tatras just to make a photo of this one. I really must see it flowering. :D For myself and for you of course.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6495.jpg)

View from peak Ciemniak
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6496.jpg)

No comment.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6497.jpg)

Species unknown 1. - maybe you will be able to help me identify this plant?
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6500.jpg)

Views from Tomanowa Valley
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6501.jpg)

Leucorchis albida - on this route I have never saw this species before.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6503.jpg)

Thymus carpaticus - it is so common in the mountains, but I cannot explain why I love it so much. I just do. :) If anyone want it, I can easily make cuttings.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6502.jpg)

Campanula trachelium - normally it is campanula violet/blue colour. There almost all plants of this species were pure white or with tiny accent of blue. Very interesting.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6514.jpg)

That is end of day one. Do not worry, I was 6 days in Tatra mountains so I will have that to show you. Each trip we took each day has something new to show. Of course the first day was the most surprising, but do not worry I am not off surprises for you yet. :) If you wonder why I write so late, I will explain, that I have my internship on emergency and I took one night duty. :D Next part of photos soon. (Sorry for mistakes, I am a bit tired.)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Lori S. on July 28, 2009, 03:28:46 AM
Fascinating plants and beautiful sights!  Thank you for posting!
I think your unknown plant #1 may be Hieracium auranticum or a similar species.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Ragged Robin on July 28, 2009, 07:32:43 AM
Fabulous photos, Chris - I do love your comments too as they are so heart-felt and convey you sense of discovery - your cousin must have had a fantastic time with you on the Tatra Mountains exploring.  :)

Botrychium lunaria - very tiny fern is so fascinating
Gymnadenia odorata  - does it smell during the day?
Ranunculus alpestris - gorgeous clump showing the shape of each flowerhead
Chamorchis alpina - very tiny orchid - look forward more of this
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on July 28, 2009, 10:16:46 AM
Lori, I know Hieracium auranticum very well, it is not that plant. I cannot find photo of this unknown plant in any of my books. It do not have any petals. It is not that it lost them, no, freshly opened flowers and they just didn't have any from the start. It is something else.

Robbin, my cousin did have great time with me. I cannot think about anyone else who would have showed here so many species, places, secrets and views... Gymnadenia odorata smells the same as Gymnadenia conopsea. Both smell very nicely and strongly during the day. I smelled both many times, I know. :D

Cheers,
Chris
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: ranunculus on July 28, 2009, 10:30:19 AM
Hi Chris,
Your mystery orange plant is possibly Tephroseris capitata?

Excellent report once again.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Brian Ellis on July 28, 2009, 10:46:45 AM
Wow I have just been to the Dolomites and the Tatra in one morning and both are stunning, thanks Chris for a superb series of pictures of some wonderful plants.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on July 28, 2009, 12:48:18 PM
Cliff, you are probably correct about the species. There is small problem, because on internet there were two plants for that name. The first one looked just the same as this one:
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6500.jpg)

The second one looked exactly like that one:
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7488.jpg)

The second one I found in different place few days ago. Now here is the question. Which one is the species you wrote? Or maybe both are? Is it possible for a plant, to be so different wile being the same species? The first one had no petals. Is it possible that they will be produces some time after opening?

There is also another problem, because in my country grow:
Senecio integrifolius ssp. aurantiacus
Senecio integrifolius ssp. capitatus

I have no photos or drawings of those two species. Under the name Senecio capitatus I found on internet two different looking plants... I can say for sure that is it Senecio integrifolius, but which subspecies... Hah... that is the mystery.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Maggi Young on July 28, 2009, 12:54:34 PM
More wonderful photos, Chris and  giving us your impressions of the place so perfectly.  8)
I am looking forward to the next days of your visit.
 Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to share these with us!  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on July 28, 2009, 05:22:11 PM
Hi, I think it is time for next part of my photos.

Neottia nidus-avis - I started by visiting my old friend from the last year. It grew up. :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6519.jpg)

Epipactis atrorubens - this orchid grows also in my forest.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6526.jpg)

Some views - unfortunately I do not have good lens to make sights photos and I have no time to put a special filter each time.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6533.jpg)

In Polish: Dolina Małej Łąki; in English: Little Meadow Valley
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6543.jpg)

Do you think that it is hybrid between Delphinium elatum and oxysepalum? For me it is much too small for D. elatum and much too big for D. oxysepalum.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6545.jpg)

Minuartia verna - I may be wrong about the identification of this species. It looked so cute, that I had to make a photo of it.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6555.jpg)

Kondracka Kopa - we were going there. Our water supply was ending and we found no stream on our track.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6557.jpg)

Giewont - we went there on our fourth day.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6564.jpg)

Małołączniak - this route we took our way home
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6567.jpg)

Some views down to Little Meadow Valley
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6568.jpg)

Campanula alpina forma alba
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6573.jpg)

Dianthus glacialis - we went there to find this gorgeous flower. Ah, my face was full of smile when we finally saw it.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6577.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6580.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6583.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6617.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6629.jpg)

Gentiana nivalis - wile photographing D. glacialis I saw this tiny, little blue gentiana hiding behind a rock.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6602.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6606.jpg)

High Tatras
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6630.jpg)

Sight on Małołączniak - amazing, we could still find real snow. :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6632.jpg)

Some Trollius altissimus
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6652.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6645.jpg)

Me, admiring...
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6661.jpg)

...this beauty :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6667.jpg)

Viola lutea ssp. sudetica - now it was the right time to find it. It was full florescence of this species.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6671.jpg)

Soldanella carpatica - starting flowering here the snow melted...
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6686.jpg)

Rocks overgrown by many lichen species
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6720.jpg)

Our was down
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6752.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6761.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6784.jpg)

That was end of day two. Now more relaxing, but also full of attractions. Firstly I wanted to to Tatrańska Łomnica to see their botanical garden. How their plants are growing and so one. To show it to my cousin and also buy some plants for friends this time. :) They had some exposition of plants photos and their plants propagating. I will not show all, but only few:
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6905.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6906.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6908.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6911.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6917.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6920.jpg)

Onobrychis montana - ending flowering. But I remember that it was in full flower, when I visited them in September. Maybe it flowered for the second time. I do not know, but it looked amazing! (Also have it, I will try to propagate it.)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6924.jpg)

Gladiolus imbricatus
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6927.jpg)

Ranunculus altitatrensis??? This one is a mistery for me. I could find no photo of it on the internet. But they have it. I wonder how it flowers. You know, it was not a suitable time to visit that botanical garden for viewing plants. So I was lucky to see anything.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6929.jpg)

Some other plants.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6935.jpg)

Monstrous Saxifraga oppositifolia - I have never seen bigger one
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6939.jpg)

Now back in Poland we took a short track on Nosal. We hoped to see Leontopodium alpinum.

Epipactis atrorubens
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6985.jpg)

I see that I forgot to show you photo of myself made during the first day... Here you have.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6293.jpg)

And on Nosal
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_6999.jpg)

Some sights wile being on Nosal.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7025.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7026.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7033.jpg)

Gymnadenia conopsea - growing everywhere now. :) Also everywhere smelling the same sweet nice smell.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7074.jpg)

Gymnagernia odorata - bigger one ;-)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7087.jpg)

Platanthera bifolia - the only one I have ever found in those mountains... I haven't expected to find it.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7107.jpg)

Swertia perennis ssp. alpestris - one of the first flowering. My cousins favourite plant.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7119.jpg)

In Polish: Dolina Białego; In English: Whites Valley - Still live three. :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7124.jpg)

White Stream
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7135.jpg)

Corallorhiza trifida - nice, but not flowering clump
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7147.jpg)

Wile going down Whites Valley, we found a bouquet made of Dactylorhiza maculata and Gymnadenia conopsea. This sad view showed lack of manners and disrespect to nature, and simple stupidity of some tourists visiting these mountains.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: ranunculus on July 28, 2009, 05:48:11 PM
Hi Chris,
Ranunculus altitatrensis is an endemic to the Tatras - similar I believe to ranunculus acris.

After long-term study (ca. 40 years) of the tetraploid populations of Ranunculus acris L. s.l. in the northern valleys of the Vysoké Tatry Mts and the diploid populations in other parts of Slovakia a conclusion has been drawn that a new species developed here. It has been formally described recently as R. altitatrensis Paclová & Murín. Full description, as well as karyological, taxonomic, ecological and phytogeographic evidence about this species is presented.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Armin on July 29, 2009, 08:53:30 AM
Hallo Chris,
I just have gone through your latest postings and absorbed your phantastic images and information.
Tatra mountains are a places of real gems!
Simply wonderful. 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: tonyg on July 29, 2009, 10:00:06 AM
Fabulous pictures - and great story of your adventures.  Some lovely plants and shown in their natural context.  All will help me compile my report for the talk ;)
The minuartia that you are unsure about might be a silene, perhaps Silene rupestris?
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on July 29, 2009, 11:56:44 PM
I hope you are ready for next part. So here we go.

Streams - I had some need to make an artistic photo.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7178.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7184.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7186.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7188.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7189.jpg)

It was foggy, but rainless day. The temperature on the peaks was about 12*C and temperature felt was about 4* lower. It was really fantastic. I saw the track not more than 15 m in all directions. There were many tourists, although I could not see them. I felt like the were just mine. :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7191.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7196.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7201.jpg)

I had second artistic need. ;-)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7206.jpg)

Polygonum bistorta
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7210.jpg)

More fogg
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7226.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7232.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7287.jpg)

Sempervivum montanum - Last year it was just starting to flower this year I finally got it in its full beauty.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7298.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7302.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7310.jpg)

Lycopodium alpinum - very rare plants, and I must say, that quite attractive. I regret, that it is probably impossible to grow in garden.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7325.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7342.jpg)

Gentiana punctata - how could I not show a photo of that one.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7345.jpg)

Slovakia seen through fog
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7320.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7349.jpg)

This time not fog, but clouds. About 40 m lower fog was gone, clouds started to show themselves and sun blinked to my and my cousin from time to time. The weather went crazy. In one moment there was full sun in another it was dark from thick clouds.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7355.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7360.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7363.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7366.jpg)

Giewont - those "tourists" who go somewhere to tick places on their list, stayed at home. This always beset peak this day was secluded.  Look at the weather when we started climbing it...
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7372.jpg)

It was covered with Oxytropis carpatica,
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7400.jpg)

Saxifraga caesia, the higher the better I found;
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7426.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7435.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7439.jpg)

(after this one I decided that I cannot find any better)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7452.jpg)

Saxifraga opoositifoli, where I found the only one flowering, or maybe signs of it flowering in spring. I decided to go back there in proper time to make photo of its flowers. Yeah, I know, I am crazy. ;-)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7466.jpg)

Senecio aurantiacus - probably, because I am not sure of that. This species I found just and only on this peak, as for know.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7484.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7488.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7489.jpg)

And wile going down... It was totally different story.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7493.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7497.jpg)

Looking down. Clouds are coming.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7494.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7500.jpg)

And after minute or two again darkness... How I love mountains. :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7502.jpg)

Dianthus speciosus - one of the very first flowering.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7507.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7512.jpg)

Dianthus plunarius ssp. praecox - I finally made some good photos of this beauty. If there is anyone who would like to have it, I can share.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7542.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7610.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7583.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7648.jpg)

Scabiosa lucida - it grows only in the mountains. If it was a bit smaller, it could be just right to a rock garden, but with that size, I do not recommend it.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7568.jpg)

Our way down
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7616.jpg)

Leontopodium alpinum - I have never seen more elegant clump than this one. Hard to describe, you have to feel it.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7623.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7626.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7642.jpg)

Helianthemum nummularium ssp. grandiflorum - I like its flowers, but it is a bit too big in the mountains to try grow it in my tiniest rock garden in the world. ;-)
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Bupleurum ranunculoides - I have never seen this species anywhere before. I looks quite attractive and small enough for normal garden. Now when I know how it is called I have to try to find it.
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My friend from last year have grown up and matured. :) Last year it had one tiny flower, this year it was full demonstration.
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Pinguicula vulgaris - I knew this population since last year it grows the highest from any other populations of this species. I knew it will be flowering as the latests of all, but I would never bet there will still be what to look at. :D
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With that kind accent we ended day four. I think for the next time I will show you at once last two days. We shall see. :) I still have many photos you to show.

Cheers,
Chris
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Maggi Young on July 30, 2009, 01:33:21 PM
Chris, what a privilege it is to join you for this tour in the Tatras. Your photographs are super, we are enjoyingthem all, from the little flowers to the wide mountains... and especially when you get that artistic feeling!  8)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Ragged Robin on July 30, 2009, 02:32:59 PM
Chris, more and more lovely photos of your trip - all almost to good to be true!  However, I have to say that you have inspired me with your photo of:
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Leontopodium alpinum - I have never seen more elegant clump than this one. Hard to describe, you have to feel it.


As I have tried growing this twice now in my rock garden and it sets seed perfectly but then the next year nothing - this year I have watched slugs and snails attack it and have moved my one plant to see if I can find the perfect spot but still it gets eaten.  I would have thought the furry silver leaves were unappetising but I'm wrong - it's obviously a sought after delicacy  ;D

Now from your photos I have another idea which is to push it tight into a rock crevice with no space at all for slugs to slumber and see if I can grow such an elegant clump as you have found. ;)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on July 30, 2009, 05:58:09 PM
Thank you very much Chris !!!
Wonderful pictures of a great mountain range !!  :o
 
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: WimB on July 30, 2009, 06:21:33 PM
Chris,

stunning pictures of fantastic plants, thank you for sharing them with us.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on July 30, 2009, 11:05:25 PM
Robin, I had problems with slugs last year. Very serious problems. They almost ate my Dianthus nitidus, which effect was no flowers this year. They totally ate to roots my Tanacetum alpinum. :/ This year I decided I will regularly use poison. I know that it may not be an elegant method, but I cannot loose plants because of the slugs. Last year I picked them from my rock garden and moved to the forest. I made so much effort not to kill them and get rid of them for good. Unfortunately, when I was gone for one week and I came back I was terrified. Many plants were severely damaged and as I wrote T. alpinum was totally eaten. It tried to produce leaves, but they were regularly eaten and all plants died. This year I put one plant into a pot so that way I will not have to get the plant again.

This year when I use the poison I find many dead slugs on my rock garden. Much more then I expected. I have no idea where they hide or from where they come. I know one thing. This year they haven't destroyed a single plant. Species that were damaged last year grown up very well. Maybe next year I will see them flowering and get seed for propagation.

One day, when I will have bigger garden I want to have a crevice rock garden. I want it to look as natural as possible. I will plant there species which look more beautiful when they are smaller. :) Soon I will add next part of photos. :) I promise you more interesting species. :)

Cheers,
Chris
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: mark smyth on July 30, 2009, 11:30:41 PM
For 5 years I've been asked to go to Slovakia to visit friends and go to the Tatras. I really have to. Thanks for all the photos.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on July 31, 2009, 01:27:23 AM
Fifth day I decided to go searching for a very tiny and rare orchid, Listera cordata. Of course I had planned whole trip day earlier. I went through Chochołowka Valley in about 90% of its length and I haven't found this species. I was looking very carefully for this plant whole 9 km without success... You will know more after watching photos.  

Onobrychis montana - we started with finding this parasite. In the mountains most of them are still preparing to flower. Before making this photo I tried to make one of a fly looking like a bumble-bee. It was in white, yellow and black stripes. I have never seen anything like it before. Sorry, I cannot show it to you.
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Vanessa cardui - this year we have a "plague" of this butterfly. In past years when I found one or two it was something fantastic, it was so rare in Poland. I do not know why, but this year is is the most common butterfly I see. I do not complain. I like it very much!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_7784.jpg)

Lilium martagon - with those photograps is related funny history. I was making photos of this species. A group of tourists with a guide was nearby. The guide asked me if though I know what I am photographing. I answered (in polish of course): "Yes, Lilium martagon." The guide made a surprised face. :) Probably the very first tourist who he met that know what is photographing... After that the guide asked his group: "Does anyone know what is this species?" Some tourist answered: "Lilium...." They heard when I was saying the species, but they couldn't remember the hard thing. In polish it is: Lilia złotogłów (in loose translation: gold-head). Than the guide asked his group again: "Can I pick the flower?" No one answered, so he did: "Of course not. It is protected by the law, because it grows in a National Park. But outside the National Park..."; "... you also cannot pick it.", I added. He made more surprised face and said: "You can." I said: "Fortunately, you cannot, because it is protected species". Guide opposed: " No it isn't". Than I: "Unfortunately, it is and even strictly protected, so one one can." The guide felt endangered by me and resigned: "I will not bet on that, because I do not like to loose.", and run away with his group as fast as he could. :D That was terrible, what knowledge guides share with tourists. If I weren't there, he would have allowed a quite large group of people to pick a protected species outside a National Park...
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Spring and beginning of a stream
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Aconitum firmum - an old friend, still growing in the water. Amazing. :D
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A bug. :D I am sorry, I didn't have enough time to identify this one. It was lying eggs. Some tourists were afraid of it very much, because of its "sting". But it is not a sting, it is used to lay eggs not to protection. There is also one that is fake, just to scare animals, and those less informed people. ;-)
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Usnea sp. - hard to identify. I haven't got sure which one it is. It is the tiniest one, not those big, and easy to see. This lichen grows only in pure, crystal clear places, where is non chemicals are any pollution. It is the most sensitive of all lichen. That proves that this place is probably intact by pollution.
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Some sight around Trzydniowiański Peak. :D Hard name, even in Polish. ;-)
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On the peak
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Wile going down - it is almost impossible, but there were hardly no flowers. This parts of Tatra Mountains are acid, there is no lime in the soil. It is amazing how those two conditions make the environment almost deserted by flowers. I have found 7 Campanula alpina. What is that in compare to hundreds, which I passed wile going on Ciemniak? But the sight were fantastic. The same mountains, but I felt like in totally different place.
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Heliosperma quadridentatum
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Shoe of the Mountain Spirit - nature do not like emptiness. Every place, every thing is covered by it, even artificial, lost things.
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Lichen on the trees
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Stream
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Place where Pope Jan Paul II have been
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Listera cordata - when we were going back, when I was sure we will not find anything. I have accidentally found this species 3 meter from the place when we took a different track. :) Amazing. If only I made few steps forward earlier, I would have found it than. It is very, very tiny orchid. I thought it to be about twice as big. The plants had about 4 cm in hight and their leafs were smaller than my finger nails.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_8067.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_8092.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VII%2013-18/IMG_8115.jpg)

Try to find it... There are probably four or five on the photo
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The place it grew
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Lactarius deliciosus - as the Latin name says, this mushroom is delicious. :D Fried on on butter on pan. Mmmm. :D Of course when found at my forest, not in National Park.
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Avalanche
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Like that we ended day five. The last day I firstly planned to relax a bit, lay off. Than I decided to make some better photos of Chamorchis alpina so we went to its habitat on the track to Ciemniak.

Gladiolus imbricatus - I saw this meadow wile driving bus to our accommodation. I could not let myself not to make a photo of a whole meadow of this species. ;-)
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Nymphalidae sp. - this species is very hard to identify. I am not a specialist, so I do not know exactly which one it was.
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Epilobium angustifolium - I like this plant, especially on landscape photos.
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Gymnadenia conopsea forma alba
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Landscape
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This photo is artificially made with assistance of my cousin. She borrowed her feet. I decided to make one like that to show how many mountains plants end. Under someone's shoe. When I was making photos standing carefully on rocks, and not on the plants, a curious lady came to see what I was photographing. She didn't stepped on rock, no, she walked through plants... That was pitiful view... I didn't say anything, because I knew, that there might be wore effect, and she might pick a flower to show me that I do nothing about it. That is sad, but that hos the reality looks like.
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That was I was talking about earlier. A bit of lime in the soil, alkaline pH, and there you see the difference.
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Oxytropis carpatica - Some more photos
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Chamorchis alpina - finally some really good photos for you. I wanted to make better ones. So rare orchid deserve for a perfect photo.
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For good buy with the mountains, landscapes
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On the end of trip, sheep and their gourds.
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Learning, learning... ;-)
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Goodbye to Tatras
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I hope you enjoyed. Because half of the pleasure of such a trip is possibility to share with it with others.

Cheers,
Chris
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: johnw on July 31, 2009, 04:20:45 AM
Krzysztof - Marvellous shots of the Tatra.  I love the stream shots and especially that Gladiolus imbricatus, I assume it must be bone hardy.

johnw
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Brian Ellis on July 31, 2009, 09:08:22 AM
Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us Krzysztof, it has been really delightful, I look forward to your return. :)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: tonyg on July 31, 2009, 09:32:19 AM
 Quote: Vanessa cardui - this year we have a "plague" of this butterfly. In past years when I found one or two it was something fantastic, it was so rare in Poland. I do not know why, but this year is is the most common butterfly I see. I do not complain. I like it very much!
On holiday in Wales at the end of May we too encountered a 'plague' of 'Painted Ladies'  (the English name for Vanessa cardui)  There were literally thousands in our camping field, blown in on the winds from the south.  It was the same everywhere for a few days.  I hear that it is a 'good year' for them, must have been a good winter down south too.  Now we have the next generation appearing in our garden, 250 miles from our Welsh camp site and you have them in Poland.  I suppose it must be the same all across Europe.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: WimB on July 31, 2009, 09:43:23 AM
There was a discussion about Vanessa cardui on the early wildlife 2009 thread:

http://www.srgc.org.uk/smf/index.php?topic=3104.msg95410#msg95410

If I remember correctly what some people told me in the beginning of the year there are so many Painted ladies because of the jet stream that was just right to bring them to Europe.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Ragged Robin on July 31, 2009, 01:05:30 PM
Chris, your impressions of the Tatra Mountains are very special as are the plants you find to show - I wonder who inspired you to be so passionate about Nature?  It is a rare gift at your age and I think somehow you should help spread the word so others can be inspired too!  My comment about Tourists is that without them the local economies could not survive - this is the situation here in the mountains in Switzerland - so surely the most important thing is, as you say, to inform people through enthusiasm, to increase their knowledge & understanding of the flora and fauna of a region and therefore enjoyment of going on walks in these spectacular landscapes that everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime  :)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Heather Smith on July 31, 2009, 03:34:13 PM
Chris, I was in the Tatras in '95 and in spite of the rain, enjoyed it very much.  Only 1 lift at that time so a lot of walking up  to ridges and down into valleys with picturesque mountain huts offering home-made soup and delicious meals. However, there was only a single Flora and it was in Polish - so thank goodness for scientific names!  Are there any others now and with translations?

I have thoroughly enjoyed the pictures - you saw more plants than I did.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: shelagh on August 01, 2009, 01:34:14 PM
Chris I just found this entire thread today.  It is wonderful and has brightened up a very dull and rainy day here in Bury.  Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse of the Tatra mountains/
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: shelagh on August 01, 2009, 01:52:43 PM
By the way Chris what camera are you using?
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Paul T on August 27, 2009, 08:44:08 AM
Krzysztof,

Just caught up on the last few pages of this topic...... Breathtaking photos as usual.  Those Oxytropis, the orchids, the views!!   :o :o  Stunning!!  Thank you so much. 8)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on October 01, 2009, 09:42:56 PM
Hi everyone.
I have some bad and good news. I will start from the bad one: My space on photobucket have heavily shrunk due to my much upload of many photos. That is why this is probably the last time I am posting photos from the mountains in bigger quantity at once and that way.

The good one is, that the photobucket space become bigger just in one day and I was able to upload some photos from my last trip, which I will show you now. Next times I will have to show photos as everyone does.

Here you have.

Dapnhe mezereum
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0022.jpg)

Gentianella lutescens - the bigger one was picked next day after I made its photo.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0037.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0129.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0133.jpg)

Bumble-bee-looking fly. I have never seen anything like that before. I have no idea what species it is.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0191.jpg)

Parnassia palustris - It was its time in the mountains. It was flowering everywhere in great amount.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0197.jpg)

Lovely Swertia perennis ssp. alpestris
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0221.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0228.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0561.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0566.jpg)

Some weird Primula minima - it was amazing time for this species to flower. The flowers were much smaller from those in spring.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0292.jpg)

Some view
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0320.jpg)

Erigeron hungaricus - I like this pink with a drop of red coloured petals.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0340.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0446.jpg)

Dephlinium oxysepalum with Aconitum firmum on the peak
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0369.jpg)

Two type of leaves of Aconitum firmum, or two different species/varieties
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0372.jpg)

My reason of this trip: Gentiana frigida - unfortunately it looked like I was late about 1-2 weeks. I was really sad because I really wanted to see it in full flower. Better that, than nothing.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0401.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0409.jpg)

Minuartia verna leaves... It looks a bit like a kind of needle three
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0499.jpg)

Saxifraga oppositifolia seed bags - I need to go when it is flowering :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0512.jpg)

Bupleurum ranunculoides - strange, but I like it
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0550.jpg)

Dianthus superbus ssp. speciosus - This time I found a really nice population of big plants
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0570.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0574.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0580.jpg)

A Campanula sp. in a crevice. If anyone know can identify the species, I would be thankful.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0580.jpg)

Aconitum variegatun - artistic shot
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0615.jpg)

Malaxis monophyllos - rare and small, green flowered orchid. That was a nice surprise, since I thought this one to grow in wet places...
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0623.jpg)

Could that be Campanula cochlearifolia? It has so strange look... But the flowers seems to resamle that species... If only mine grew in the garden like this one... Than it would be a beauty. :D Growing in lime rock in crevices. An idea for others how to make that species look much more attractive.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0653.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0714.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0717.jpg)

Colias hyale - very beautiful butterfly. If I remember good this species is common in Africa.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0690.jpg)

Dry and rocky habitat of Ophrys insectifera, Cypripedium calceolus and above Campanula
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0646.jpg)

My first Cypripedium calceolus in Tata Mountains. I really have to make a photo of it wile flowering!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0735.jpg)

Gentiana ciliata - the first one a bit oppened
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0742.jpg)

Gentiana asclepiadea - an artistic need
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0767.jpg)

Sacred spot
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0787.jpg)

Some muchrooms, fo course eatable.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0831.jpg)

Lactarius salmonicolor
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_0881.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_1375.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_1402.jpg)

Weird Campanula hubride or form. This was only that spot where I found this Campanula. I do not think it is a specific species, but a selection, that is looking different from the other one in that place. For example the first one, growing in crevice was the main type growing there.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_1100.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_1106.jpg)

views
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_1110.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_1115.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_1212.jpg)

Senecio carpaticus - that one was unexpected. I intended to went where I knew it is growing next time, but I was lucky to find that one flowering. :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20VIII%2017-22/IMG_1293.jpg)

I hope you enjoyed. :)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Maggi Young on October 01, 2009, 09:56:22 PM
Chris, wonderful to have more of your super photos.
The only worry with the use of Photobucket is that at some point they may be lost.... this has happened with another Forumist some time. That would mean we lost the pictures from your superb thread, so perhaps it will be even better if in future you load the pix by the ordinary way from your computer in stead of photobucket  ;)??!!   It wouldmean that you are not able to post so many pix in one post, of course, but it will also mean that the page loads much faster for those people on dial-up or slow interent connections.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Paddy Tobin on October 01, 2009, 09:59:29 PM
Chris,

A wonderful selection of excellent photographs from a most beautiful location.

Many thanks, Paddy
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Ragged Robin on October 01, 2009, 10:15:50 PM
Hooray, another trip to the Tatra Mountains and what fantastic gems you found  8)  Lovely photos with such intensity and feeling for the flowers and landscape.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: ranunculus on October 01, 2009, 10:23:00 PM
Magical report as usual Chris ... many thanks.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: mark smyth on October 01, 2009, 11:38:17 PM
Great photos from an area I want to go one day. I have friends in Slovakia who ask me to visit every spring
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on October 01, 2009, 11:43:22 PM
I will never delete those photos from my photobucket account. It is good that I can edit my posts even after very long time. That allows me to make changes in my photobucket and still be able to edit posts, so that the photos won't disappear. :) I think, that I have found almost everything attractive in West Tatras, it is time to go now to High Tatras and find such as species like Saxifraga retusa, Saxifraga nivalis and who know what else. :) I am sure the landscapes will be outstanding there.

To all others. I have so much pleasure walking in Tatras, breathing fresh air, seeing all those great species and of course making photos for you so that you can experience at least a part of that pure beauty.

Mark, so you have no other option, than visit your Slovakian friend. I am sure you will visit Tatranska Lomnica and its Botanical Garden, where you will buy loads of Tatra plants. They have really funny low prices. IF you decide to go in summer, than we might even meet, and than I will be pleased to show you the area I know the best. :)

Chris
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on October 04, 2010, 03:15:54 PM
Hello everyone,
it is hard to show anything new, especially when I almost found everything what was to find in Tatra Mountains. There are still few species I haven't found yet, but hopefully one day I will manage to see them.

This year I also was in the mountains, but I am not sure whether I will go there next year too. I also had to slow down with uploading photos on my Photobucket account, because it began to get full and I need it for other photos as well.  I thought that it would be a good time to see something else. Probably I will got to Augustow search for rare and unique nature there.

For now I have some new photos for you. As always there will be some new species I found, some new photos I made of the old ones. I hope you enjoy them.

I will start my photo journey as it was in real time and the plants I fund each day on each track. I started everything with finding a single plant of Malaxis monophyllos (a good start) near my favourite bank not far from my accommodation. I have never seen it there, but it isn’t anything strange. This plant has about 5-7 cm high and when it does not flower it can be mistaken with many species for example Maianthemum bifolium, which also grows in many areas of Tatra Mountains. It was a good time for this species to flower, so when I found one I started to look after others in different Valleys. All will be shown later.

Malaxis monophyllos
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5479.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5494.jpg)

Because, I already photographed most of Tatras species I didn’t waste time for making photos of those I already had photos. This is Androsace obtusifolia from the Ciemniak peak. I searched for it some time, but I knew it was right time for it. I found maybe 20 flowering plants. It is very rare plant in Tatra Mountains and I was happy finally to see it in the nature. Also thanks to Giles help I got this species seeds and I have this year 4 fine seedlings.

Androsace obtusifolia
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5639.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5720.jpg)
A. obtusifolia (left) A. chamejasme (right)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5676.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5728.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5732.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5750.jpg)

Cortusa matthioli in Mala Laka Valley, unfortunately after flowering, but I also found Malaxis there, three plants.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5816.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5825.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5853.jpg)

Place/habitat where I fount those above.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5872.jpg)

Veronica alpine – I must say that I like photos of this one. :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5923.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5925.jpg)

Saxifraga ascendens
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5933.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5938.jpg)

Senecio capitatus – I fund I nice population of this one between Kondracka Kopa and Malolaczniak. But still it was about 30 flowering plants. I also managed to buy this species in Tatranska Lomnica this year so I can also grow it. We shall see how it will go in lowlands. :)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_5953.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6042.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6006.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6083.jpg)

Pedifularis hecquetii – I knew location of this species population, although I have found few plants till now. This year I found about 100-200 flowering plants and it made an impression on me.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6118.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6125.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6127.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6163.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6175.jpg)

Juncus triglumis – it was growing in a spring, just a few plants and caught my attention. Pretty attractive, won’t you say?
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6213.jpg)

Chamorchis alpestris - of course it would be impossible not to visit this one. I also managed to find one new population, although much smaller, so already I know 3 (4) different locations. One is on the same mountain.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6240.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6281.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6253.jpg)

Pseudorchis albida – this was a good year for this species. When in previous years I found just a few flowering plants in one place, this year I found about 18 near the path and also found a great population in new location.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6300.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6309.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6311.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6317.jpg)

Dactylorhiza fuschii/traunsteineri?? – to be honest I think it is the first one, but from my information in this place also grows the second species too. The problem is that the first one, wile being “starve” form can look like the second one. But it was a magical place. A cold water flowing through sphagnum moss. I was moving there on bare feet. It is hard to express that pleasure. I found there many interesting species. It was a real discovery this year. I was searching for Lingularia sibirica, unfortunately it probably extinct there.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6336.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6349.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6361.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6401.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6403.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6413.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6417.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6419.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6430.jpg)

Gymnadenia odorotissima
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6433.jpg)

Litera ovata – a fly with a stamen stuck to its tongue. When it tried to get rid of it, it got even more stamen stuck.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6449.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6479.jpg)

Botrychium lunaria in fine lichen
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6487.jpg)

Traunsteinera globosa – 5 plants clump, that does not occur often, so I made a photo. :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6513.jpg)

Salix retusa heaving seeds
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6594.jpg)

Pedicularis verticillata alba – next day it was gone, so there won’t be more plants of this form in area…
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6667.jpg)

Pseudorchis albida – that new location
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6691.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6696.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6761.jpg)

Gentiana punctata – fine population
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6786.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6795.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6812.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6849.jpg)

Some rock art by myself ;-)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6863.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6866.jpg)

Senecio aurantaicus – new better photos from this year.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6910.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_6957.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7018.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7037.jpg)

Rupicapra rupicapra – just by accident I found this herd, they weren’t much scared of people, but I also could not approach too near. Then the mother with her young saw me, they all started to recede slowly. The light was poor, so I couldn’t make fine photos, sorry.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7121.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7127.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7133.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7146.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7159.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7166.jpg)

Aster alpinus – fine clump
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7184.jpg)

Ophrys insectifera – as I remember I found 3 plants heaving their very last flowers and counted about 30 all together.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7209.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7222.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7259.jpg)

Epipactis atrorubens - normally it has intense rubin-line color, this was different.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7228.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7251.jpg)

Some nice intense color Lilium martagon
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7415.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7458.jpg)

Orobachne flava
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7488.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7529.jpg)

Since that day the whether broker down and it was raining for nest 6 weeks In whole Poland, but I stall manager to make some nice photos In different places.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7541.jpg)

Mustela nivalis – this funny and energetic animal was playing in this wood, hiding, running and showing, approaching and running away from me. That took few minutes until some NICE tourists showed up and scared it away. I really won’t forget that one for sure!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7549.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7581.jpg)

Listera cordata – I finally could make a nice photo of this one. It took me over 40 minutes and all people was kindly staring on a weirdo crawling on the ground and making photos of something pretty much invisible for them. Oh, yeah. :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7667.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7716.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7955.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8009.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_7992.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8082.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8127.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8163.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8336.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8316.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8370.jpg)

A fog in mid day. :)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8443.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8444.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8478.jpg)

I think it is enough photos for now, but I still have what to surprise you with. That is about half (maybe more) that I have to show. I will add rest soon, maybe tomorrow.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Carlo on October 04, 2010, 03:38:04 PM
Wonderful! What a place (...and one I may never get to). Thank you.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: ranunculus on October 04, 2010, 06:16:32 PM
Brilliant tour Chris ... some wonderful images ... can't wait for the next posting.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Armin on October 04, 2010, 07:37:22 PM
Chris,
marvelous pictures, mystic forests and meadows.
I envy you for this paradise.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Hans A. on October 04, 2010, 08:20:55 PM
Fantastic pics of spectacular nature! Thanks a lot Chris for sharing your trip!
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on October 04, 2010, 08:42:40 PM
Aah, yes. A mystic fog, well said Armin. It was really like some magic place when that dense fog appeared. In one moment you see the track, the people in front of you and another second they were gone. Just some sounds still reminded me they were there. Sometimes I hid nearby the tracks, so that I would not hear no sound. Everything was gone except of you and the mountains. You could feel their energy. It was a middle of a day and still it was grey like in the evening, quiet and peaceful. I could feel like I was the only human there. Freed from everyday problems, severed the connection with reality. Yes, that was something magical. Total silence. Surrounded by  immaculate nature. I wish I could live that state again...
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Armin on October 04, 2010, 09:03:09 PM
Chris,
you picture a romantic moment of total lonelyness we adore to have, being physical and spiritual merged with nature.
But in the next moment the bitter reality is we are surrounded by millions of cars and have to deal daily with idiots and ignorants!  >:( ;D
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: TheOnionMan on October 05, 2010, 12:47:31 AM
Wonderful series Chris, I only caught up to the older postings today.  Marvelous plants and scenery.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Cephalotus on October 05, 2010, 03:43:38 PM
Here is the rest of the photos promised.

Bielovodska Dolina (Valley) in Slovakia - I took whole day track to the Slovakian site to find one very rare species that I knew was growing in Poland, but I didn't know where. As the climbing started after quite boring 2 hours of ver fast march, the trip turned into very nice discovery. I wished to go to the Polish Hight Tatras, but with thunders hitting the peaks all around and heavy raining I decided not to risk my life. :D
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8531.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8538.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8546.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8557.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8564.jpg)

The whether was like in kaleidoscope. In one moment sunny and beautiful, another scarring with heavy rain and thunders and another moment again sunny and all around for almost the whole day. Thankfully it didn't rain at all that day, so I was totally satisfied from my adventure.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8566.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8568.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8573.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8575.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8579.jpg)

Delphinium oxysepalum - What was really amazing, that in the same time not far away from themselves were flowering totally different species like Pulsatilla alpina and Delphinium, for which flower gap should be at least few months!

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8584.jpg)

Litvorove pleso (The Litvorove Lake) - this track is very sightseeing and very rich in plants, so it is really worth of going there, but you need at least 10 hours to make it.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8588.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8592.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8598.jpg)

Pulsatilla alpina in full bloom, I really have no idea how that is possible, but as you can see they are REAL! I wish mine grow and flower like that. :/
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8606.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8609.jpg)

Leaving the lake behind
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8631.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8637.jpg)

When another one, even more astonishing appeared.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8657.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8666.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8669.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8673.jpg)

Ranunculus glacialis - I nice surprise, especially that I wasn't going there for him. This one had a nice photo session in case no more were on track... :D Silly ME!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8675.jpg)

Zamrznute pleso (The Frozen Lake) - forgot to write the name previously, this is the other edge
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8804.jpg)

Even more Ranunculus glacialis
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8812.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8842.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8858.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8859.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8869.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8876.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8893.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8899.jpg)

Geum reptans - after flowering it looks even more attractive than I thought. It young seeds group in kind of flame-shape fruit. Great!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8878.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8880.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8882.jpg)

Saxifraga bryoides - I recognized it, but unfortunately it wasn't flowering. I found one, unopened flower. This bad saxifraga is a real nightmare to make it flower. I didn't manage to do that yet.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8888.jpg)

The late from a distance, just after the whether broke down again
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8901.jpg)

Gentiana frigida, some nice floweing plants, much tinier than on Ciemniak in Poland.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8904.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8918.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8929.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8934.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8941.jpg)

Vielicky kotol (kettle)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8950.jpg)

Dhle pleso (The Long Lake) - near the climax of my trip
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8954.jpg)

Even more
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8957.jpg)

Callianthemum coriandrifolium - This is what it was all about. :D Just enjoy this beauty. The whether was really ugly, it was cloudy and foggy so the white flowers of this plant are over shined.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8969.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8975.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8966.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9014.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8986.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_8988.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9024.jpg)

going back as fast as possible to return for the last bus to Zakopane and than to my accommodation. It would be good to have a car there... (Long Lake again)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9035.jpg)

Saxifraga oppositifolia - I found better flowering individuals in Polish part, but I was always unable to go and see them in flower, so better that than nothing.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9045.jpg)

Those photos ware all in about 5 seconds, so it shows how fast the whether can change in the mountains
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9071.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9072.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9073.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9074.jpg)

Again back in Poland Zootoca vivipara - warming up
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9114.jpg)

My attempt to go in the High Tatras
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9225.jpg)

Ruined by that
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9227.jpg)

So I went back, all wet and cold, changed cloths and went to the lower parts nearby say goodbye. Recognize the place?
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9328.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9329.jpg)

It was about a week after I came back to this place. I found there previously single plants of Epipactis palustris, but they were still not opened. But another time they were...
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9336.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9338.jpg)

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9346.jpg)

And I found a great population...
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9359.jpg)

...hidden even deeper in this heaven.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9369.jpg)

I went to see Listera cordata in other place and I went back home. Please notice that the seed bags are opened when the flower is still in bloom.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9397.jpg) (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2010%20VII%2012-25/IMG_9448.jpg)

Thank you all for watching. I also have some other nice photos from other Parts from Poland, so I must think where to put them.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Armin on October 06, 2010, 09:45:03 PM
Chris,
thank you for the great images. 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Gail on October 06, 2010, 10:09:42 PM
Wonderful pictures Chris - thank you so much for taking the time to post them for us.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: cohan on October 07, 2010, 02:44:23 AM
great update! too many special plants to mention favourites!
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: WimB on October 08, 2010, 08:58:52 PM
Chris, wonderful pics of an amazing place and amazing plants and wildlife. Thanks for showing.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: fleurbleue on October 09, 2010, 12:56:06 PM
Wonderful landscapes and plants. Thanks Chris  ;)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Great Moravian on October 11, 2010, 12:39:57 PM

I wonder if Soldanellas make crossings

Soldanella sp. - ones I was really not sure what were they.
([url]http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3306.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3320.jpg[/url])

([url]http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/cephalotus/Parki%20Narodowe/Tatry/2009%20V%205/IMG_3379.jpg[/url])





The thread should be conserved, it is fascinating. Soldanella species cross, but the crosses are not fully fertile.
The images probably belong to Soldanella carpatica. You should always check the glands on petioles. In Soldanella carpatica the glands are nearly sitting, in other species occurring there stalked. http://math.muni.cz/~niederle/solpage.html (http://math.muni.cz/~niederle/solpage.html)
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Ragged Robin on October 19, 2010, 05:47:03 PM
Such wonderful, moody and dramatic images from the Tatra mountains, Chris, and beautifully composed shots of the plants you found on your way in their habitats.  Looking down on the frozen lake and up to the peaks with alpines nestling everywhere you give a real impression of the place that is fascinating and totally enjoyable, thanks.
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Kristl Walek on October 23, 2010, 04:40:39 PM
seeing the recent posts gave me a chance to look at the entire thread AGAIN (as I have done a few times).

thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to share these with us (as your work is, i am sure) extremely demanding.

for those of us planning similar adventures in the future, could you let us know your favorite spot or hike with name of place etc....so we could conceivably find it on our own?

also i would love to know the name of your favorite accomodation and location when you go there.

and i also wonder if the thalictrum minus you posted is really that species?
Title: Re: Tatra Mountains
Post by: Paul T on November 09, 2010, 01:07:21 AM
Chris,

Only just caught up with this topic.  Breathtaking scenery and absolutely glorious plants.  Thanks so much for posting them all.  So many beauties in here.  ;D