Blackbird, Blackbird

23 Jul

Blackbird, Blackbird

I had seen a lot of these velvety blackbirds flying around the heights and finally I got to meet one. It was surprisingly tame and didn’t mind me getting close to take a photo. This was the only fauna that we met on our hike. Flora was another story. Everywhere we walked there were colorful wildflowers to enjoy. We had seen a lot on Seiser Alm, but even more were apparent on our walk to Santa Croce. Enjoy these photos keeping in mind that I do not have a macro lens.

Not certain of the names of the flowers.  This might be salvia.

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The forest floor with pine cones.

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Alpine roses.

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Unfortunately I cannot name most of these flowers. If you know their names, kindly fill me in.


17 Responses to “Blackbird, Blackbird”

  1. Ruth July 23, 2013 at 4:00 am #

    Looks like a wonderful time The flowers are pretty but alas no names from me.Enjoy your pilgrimage

    • Rosemarie July 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

      Back home again. I’m posting my adventures after the fact.

      • Ruth July 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

        Welcome back. Hope reentry is smooth. Looking at your photos must help you relive your trip.

  2. hitandrun1964 July 23, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    Beautiful bird. Nice shot.

    • Rosemarie July 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

      Thank you. There were several birds. Really beautiful.

  3. Bastet July 23, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    Beautiful shots and I’m so happy you met the blackbird…did they sing for you?

  4. mamacormier July 23, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    Very nice photos. The blackbirds here in Ireland haven’t allowed us to get that close.

    • Rosemarie July 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      I just got lucky, or my mental telepathy got through that I was harmless.

  5. Heyjude July 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    That isn’t a common blackbird Rosemarie, wrong shape head, more likely to be an Alpine Chough which is a member of the crow family. Blackbirds have a yellow eye ring and don’t have the bright coloured legs and feet.

    2 could be a common daisy (was it quite small?) 5 is an alpine clematis and 6 is the bird’s foot trefoil, 7 could be forget-me-not. The last photo looks like hawk’s beard, but difficult to tell as there are so many flowers similar to a dandelion like that. I’ll see if I can work out any of the others and get back to you 🙂

    Cheers, Jude xx

    • Rosemarie July 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your expertise. I didn’t really mean to name the bird blackbird. I meant it in the sense of a bird that is black.

      • Heyjude July 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

        I figured that was what you meant, but other people seemed to be getting confused. Probably why you didn’t hear him sing though 😉

  6. Heyjude July 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    OK here’s my twopenneth for what it is worth 😉
    1. agree with salvia or meadow clary
    2. daisy
    3. ? – I always find the blue ones difficult to distinguish, might be some kind of gentian?
    4. pine cones
    5. alpine clematis
    6. bird’s foot trefoil
    7. red campion
    8. wood forget-me-not
    9, looks like an azalea to me, so I checked with your alpenrose and it is a form of rhododendron, the name coming from the deep pink flowers.
    10.yellow milk vetch, bird’s foot trefoil, selfheal (pink) some kind of campanula (blue)?
    11. Tufted vetch
    12. Smooth hawk’s head ?

    We get most of these in the UK meadows and woodlands, but it is difficult to identify accurately without a sense of size and leaves. Hope these are fairly accurate 🙂

    • Rosemarie July 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      Goodness. You are the encyclopedia of flora. Thank you for checking these all out.

      • Heyjude July 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

        Not really 🙂 I just like to know the names of flowers I photograph and wild flowers can be very challenging so I do have 1 or 2 books on the subject (which is why I try to avoid going into 2nd hand bookshops).

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