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travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« on: July 24, 2009, 12:52:15 PM »
I have just returned from a trip which took us from Chengdu to Lhasa the first twenty images are from Sichuan and the rest are from Tibet. The weather was mixed but the plants were exceptional the closer we got to Lhasa.

 Androsace bisulca var. aurata
 Arisaema
 Astragalus acaulis
 Cardiocrinum giganteum var yunnanense
 DSC_6235. glacier
 DSC_6269. rhododendron
 DSC_6980. nud
 DSC_7078.mum and child
 L .sargentiae.
 Lilium bakerianum.
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Re: travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2009, 12:55:27 PM »
a few more

 Lilium lophophorum
 Mec lancifolia
 Mec Ruddis. ( rudis  )
 Primula euprepes
 Pedicularis
 Primula
 Rhododendron orbiculare
 Rheum alexandre
 Roscoea tibetica
 Stellera field

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Re: travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2009, 01:47:30 PM »
Hello, John, welcome back!
Looks like a most worthwhile trip.

Edit at 20.30pm : I have resized John's photos... that is why they are not showing a correct number of "views"
..... click the pix to enlarge them....
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Re: travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2009, 02:25:20 PM »
...and most enjoyable they are, thanks John for showing us.
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2009, 02:48:06 PM »
...and most enjoyable they are, thanks John for showing us.

..... and that stunning Primula euprepes  - what a color!

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Re: travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2009, 02:57:51 PM »
Fascinating photos!  Those lilies - just stunning!  Terrific glacier view... I'm sure there is interesting background to that shot!  Were you roped up, etc.?
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Re: travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2009, 05:24:58 PM »
Hi Lora you make it all sound interesting but in fact it was taking in a cable car over the Minya Conga Glacier it might have been safer with ropes!!
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Re: travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2009, 07:14:40 PM »
John,

Astonishingly beautiful photographs, such magical colour and form in some of the plants. I particularly like seeing the rheum; it's just such an odd thing.

Many thanks, really enjoyed the shots.

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Re: travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2009, 08:32:13 PM »
test of smaller files.... still click the pix to enlarge them.... 8)
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Re: travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2009, 09:46:38 PM »
John - Thanks for making time to share these with us.  Some stunning pictures.  Hope there will be time for a few more.

Thanks to Maggi for making them easier to view.  Although the detail in the big versions is great, the scrolling is awkward.
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Re: travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2009, 07:02:00 AM »
John,

Thank you for this veritable feast of beauties.  The Liliums for starters alone are worth seeing by themselves, but then so many other beauties as well.  Thanks heaps!!  8)
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Re: travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2009, 10:15:13 AM »
Hi John,

Fantastic pictures of beautifull plants!

Thanks for showing!
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Re: travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2009, 09:56:08 AM »
The next lot of slides are from Tibet and hopefully they are not to large. (edit by Maggi: too big, John, I have edited them!)

Most of these were taken near the Tsangpo gorge area at a height of 4500m to 4600m. we managed to hit this area at the right time i have never seen such large numbers of one species all in flower and every corner we turned we would find a different species. To me the three highlights would be Caltha sinogracilis by the hundred Primula agleniana by the thousand and hundreds of Rheum nobile all in flower at once.

 Allium kingdonii
 Androsace bisulca var. brahmaputrae
 Caltha sinogracilis f. rubriflora
 Caltha
 Corydalis hendersonii
 Corydalis milareapa
 Corydalis spec.
 Delphinium spec.
 DSC_6998.group
 DSC_7059. view

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Re: travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2009, 09:58:28 AM »
Next lot
7175 scree
7342 long view hairpin bends
7730 primula slope
7741 snowbanks
7742 snow near road
7811 rhodo
7878 fording river
7956 rheum interior
8196 man
8379 monks
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Re: travels from Chengdu to Lhasa
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2009, 10:00:22 AM »
a few more

 Eritrichium spec.
 Gentiana.
 Lilium nanum.
 Mec horridula type.
 Mec integrifolia
 Mec prattii.
 Meconopsis baileyi (syn. M. betonicifolia) 1.
 Meconopsis baileyi (syn. M. betonicifolia)
 Notholirion bulbuliferum
 Omphalogramma cf. tibeticum

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