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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.
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...
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...
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...
Advancing spring

...across from the Visitor Center, we found the first purple mountain saxifrage in bloom, with lots more to come. Out...fern and parsley fern. Nearby, a single flower of purple mountain saxifrage peeked out of its leafy clump. Elsewhere...
The end of logging as we know it?

...America wants to know that the great Tongass forest remains the virgin that environmentalists dream it to be, the purple mountains' majesty that is in peril across the Lower 48. Americans may never come to visit and see how big it really is...


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