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On the Trails: Strolling in the March sunshine

...plump and aromatic with that lovely, delicate, characteristic smell that beats any commercial perfume. We found purple mountain saxifrage plants, green and sturdy, but not yet in bloom; just as well, because we've not yet seen any bumblebees...
On the Trails: Skunk cabbage and its sex change abilities

...hikers went to the rock peninsula on the west side of Mendenhall Lake, stopping for lunch amid a fine display of purple mountain saxifrage. Some clumps were in full bloom, and others were just starting, so the little purple flowers will be there...
On the Trails: Purple mountain saxifrage

...One of the earliest flowers to appear in spring is purple mountain saxifrage. In April, some of us make a point of...shoot fragmentation.On the Old World Arctic tundra, purple mountain saxifrage flowers and old seed heads are eaten by barnacle...
On the Trails: Anticipating spring

...vegetation. Now, as I write this (in mid-April), the American dippers are moving up streams to their nest sites. Purple mountain saxifrage is starting to bloom up near the glacier. Crows are lining their nests with grasses.I'm still waiting...
On the Trails: Winter or spring?

...enough to avoid predation, I may see ducklings on my pond in due course.A stroll to Nugget Falls yielded the first purple mountain saxifrage of the season, blooming considerably in advance of others in the area. The flowers of this species are...
Photo: Purple mountain majesty

Dr. Alan Gross and his dog, Sofie, pause near a patch of purple mountain saxifrage in bloom during their hike along the Perseverance Trail on Tuesday. The plant is one of the earliest bloomers in the spring.
Early spring on The Rock

...On the mini-scale, lichens and mosses on the rocks created intricate patterns of color and texture. The first purple mountain saxifrage made patches of vibrant color in protected nooks and on south-facing ridges, with many more of them waiting...
On the Trails: The ice tells ...

...the visitor center.It has become an early spring ritual to hike up on The Rock, looking for the early-flowering purple mountain saxifrage and whatever else we can find. We had a lazy lunch, basking in the sun, listening to ruby-crowned kinglet...
On the Trails: Spring, high and low

...spring really may be here. Oh yes, the skunk cabbage has been gorgeous and its sweet aroma so pleasant, and the purple mountain saxifrage has been making beautiful shows here and there. But out on the sea stacks and the sea cliffs there's another...
A spring outing on 'The Rock' to head up the West Glacier Trail in search of purple mountain saxifrage, whose pink flowers are among the first...just above the pond, we found the first blooming purple mountain saxifrage. Soon we were seeing dozens of them on...


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