Friday, August 17, 2012

[jules' pics] Blue bell alpine flowers

The alpine flowers put us clumsy humans into perpective by growing in inaccessible places. I suppose we can still metaphorically tread on them through our climate changing activities, but they are probably in more immediate danger from the collapsing mountains. It was quite interesting how much of the path we trod 7 years ago through the Minami Alps has now disappeared over the cliffs. A Tokyo University geologist once told me that the mountains are going up faster than they are falling down, but it doesn't seem like it when you are there.

alpine blue bell flowers

My Japanese flower book says there are a number of kinds of these little blue bell flowers, but I can't tell them apart. James is the expert at photographing them.

alpine blue bell flowers

alpine blue bell flowers

alpine blue bell flowers

alpine blue bell flowers

Posted By Blogger to jules' pics at 8/17/2012 01:51:00 PM


David B. Benson said...

Our blue bells are bluer and always hang down like a bell.

I doubt the species is native to the Palouse.

James Annan said...

These are certainly very different to the lowland "bluebell".

But they are blue and bell shaped :-)

They seem to be various species of campanula (inc adenophora). Our mountain flower book lists several different types.