Day 4: Wildflowers Galore

17 Apr

Day 4: Wildflowers Galore

“Edelweiss! Edelweiss! Every morning you greet me.”
I sincerely hope that Edelweiss will greet me on my hike through the Dolomites. It is elusive and grows far off the beaten path where people rarely go. If our group is to be lucky enough to discover the Edelweiss, it will likely be on Day 4 in the Natural Park of Fanes.
We start our day on the aerial tram ascending Col Rodella. From the heights we will have excellent views of the Sella group (weather cooperating), and from this vantage point we will get our first glimpses of the eastern peaks.
Views of the Sella group.

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Sella hiking trails.


The hiking brochure suggests that the highlight of this day will be the wildflowers, the diverse array of wildflowers that grows in this region. Below are photos of indigenous plants..colorful, unique, and possibly Edelweiss. I’ll be on the lookout as we hike past grazing herds of sheep.

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The systemic name for the Edelweiss is Leontopodium alpinum; it is a member of the sunflower family. Wikipedia describes it in this manner:

“The plant is unequally distributed and prefers rocky limestone places at about 1800–3000 m altitude. It is not toxic, and has been used traditionally in folk medicine as a remedy against abdominal and respiratory diseases. The dense hair appears to be an adaptation to high altitudes, protecting the plant from cold, aridity and ultraviolet radiation.[2] As a scarce short-lived flower found in remote mountain areas, the plant has been used as a symbol for alpinism, for rugged beauty and purity associated with the Alps, and as a national symbol especially of Austria and of Switzerland.”


I think I must have lived a previous life in the Alps, because I never fail to experience an overpowering longing which brings a tear to my eye when I hear the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein song bearing the flower’s name. Here is a clip of Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews singing the song in the film The Sound of Music.


24 Responses to “Day 4: Wildflowers Galore”

  1. Angeline M April 18, 2013 at 2:08 am #

    One of my favorite movies! Beautiful flower.

  2. scrapydo April 18, 2013 at 3:55 am #

    These photos took me way back to when I toured Europe. I bought ear rings in all these flower shapes. I still have them. Sound of music is also a big favourite

  3. Lynne Ayers April 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Planning is half the fun, don’t you think? And one learns so much in the process.

    • Rosemarie April 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

      Yes, indeed, Lynne. I am learning so much now, so that I can appreciate my time abroad to the fullest.

  4. lensandpensbysally April 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Thanks for becoming a subscriber. I’m enjoying your blog as well.

  5. georgettesullins April 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Thank you for visiting and commenting this morning. Such beautiful photos you have taken on your adventure.

    • Rosemarie April 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      Actually I am stealing these photos from others as I research my destinations. My adventure begins in June.

  6. lagottocattleya April 18, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    These flowers, all of them, are wonderful. Hiking in the mountains is so rewarding! Edelweiss is hard to find, yes. I remember the only time I saw one, and that was in 1976. I sincerely hope you will be blessed with one or two – or even more!

    • Rosemarie April 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Thank you so much. It would be really special to find that flower, but nevertheless I will enjoy my trip with or without it.

  7. Sartenada April 19, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Incredible beautiful photos. Edelweiss song is known in Finland also.

    • Rosemarie April 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

      I am stealing many other people’s photos to make my posts about my upcoming European trip. I hope that some of my own photos come up to the same high quality.

  8. Photography Journal Blog April 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Very much looking forward to seeing your versions 🙂

  9. fgassette April 20, 2013 at 2:48 am #


    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.

  10. pommepal April 20, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Those flowers are so delicate and such clear beautiful colours

  11. hitandrun1964 April 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    Just beautiful…each and every one. I hope you get to see all of them.

  12. frizztext April 27, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    “…first glimpses of the eastern peaks
    of the Sella group…”: great!
    Feeling like on top of the world …

    • Rosemarie April 27, 2013 at 5:39 am #

      That’s where I’ll be in July. I hope I’ll have loads of great photos.

  13. Kim 24/7 in France April 27, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Lovely flowers and great classic movie!

  14. bebs1 May 2, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    I love those alpine flowers. So beautiful.

  15. aliciasunday May 9, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    Stunning, makes me want to run up a mountain with joy!

    • Rosemarie May 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

      “The hills are alive”…..and all that.

  16. suej May 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Hope you see the flowers, take great photos and above all, get the weather! Thanks for your like on my blog today….

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