I drove to Loos today to meet with my old flower guide. On the way to Loos, the fog was so thick (or the cloud was so low) that visibility was greatly reduced and the temperature was a modest 10 degrees, what a contrast to the tropical heat yesterday!
We checked out a few favourite locations, one of them was Svartåmyran which I found to be true to its name. There’s been a lot more snow in Loos than in Ljusdal, and it was quite obvious on the mire with a lot of black areas indicating the last patches of snow that have melted recently.
There’s not so many flowers yet, but the calypso orchid was in prime bloom and they were quite numerous, we counted almost 50 flowering individuals and a few plants without a bloom. But they were quite small though and looked a bit sad, so we figured that it’s been a dry spring which has stunted their growth while the big rain yesterday had beaten them down. But the most important thing was of course that there were so many of them so it’s obvious that they are thriving in the location.
Another rarity we checked was the alpine woodsia (Woodsia alpina). Or rather, it’s a rarity in this region, because as the name says, it’s really an alpine plant. I love the location – a huge boulder in the middle of a pine forest, and then this small fern clinging in the small crevices.
I’ve really missed these excursions. Not just for the plants, but also the great conversations!