One of the most frequent questions from our CMH Summer Adventures guests is "What kind of wildflowers can we expect to see while heli-hiking this summer?". (That and, "What is the weather going to be like?" which, sadly we cannot answer!) As most of our hiking takes place at altitudes of 6,000 to 9,000 feet many of our guests are surprised with the variety of flowers we do see.
I took a quick peek back through last years CMH Summer Adventures online photo gallery and found some great shots submitted by our guides. A handful of our guides are able to combine their love of wildflowers with their photographic skills, making the photo galleries well worth a peek.
Here's a handful of glorious red blooms, and just a sample of what you'll see this summer at either the Bobbie Burns or Bugaboo Lodge:
1. Kick Off is by far and away one of my most favourite spots in the Bugaboos. This collection of wildflowers, Paintbrush and River Beauty (part of the Fireweed Family) blooms creekside in Kick Off.
2. I chuckle at natures resiliancy when I realize what soil quality really means for wildflowers! This Indian Paintbrush hardly needs any.
3. This Spotted Saxifrage with a hint of red is a treat to see in dry, rocky areas.
4.Even in late August, for our Bodacious in the Bugaboos trip we see vibrant and hearty Indian Paintbrush in a variety of colours.
5.Natures Flower Garden starts to bloom in early July when the Glacier Lily's peek out and continue through the season. We are treated to Purple Ragwort, Moss Campion, Fireweed, Monkey Flower and many other varieties. Around each corner and over each hill we find groups of flowers that surprise us like this one with the Bugaboo Spires in the distance.
Reports from the lodges is that the snow is melting quickly, the bears are awake and the Bobbie Burns guides are setting up the Mt. Nimbus via ferrata route already. We hope you'll join us this summer for a walk through Natures Flower Garden!
I am lucky enough to co-host a twitter sensation today known as #FriFotos started by Jonathan Epstein, Stephanie Diehl and Charles Yap and and today's theme is RED. We'd love it if you'd share your RED photos and play along!