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Mongolia Redux...camels in the snow!

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[Part four in the ongoing saga recounting the trip Mike Bone and I took to Mongolia in July of 2009: there shall be quite a few more posts about this amazing trip!].
Then there were the camels--ten altogether when our train of three combined with a larger group. As a lifelong devotee of Silk Route lore, I reveled in the romance.As an student of Byzantine history, I also appreciated the irony that our silk route trip was organized under the twin auspices of Greentours and Blue Wolf travel. The Greens and the Blues were the two great factions at the Hippodrome in Constantinople after all...here they collaborated peacefully to transport us over the highest pass in Mongolia! Just below the summit, masses of a bright yellow succulent dotted the scree: Rhodiola quadrifida.
I have a hunch that this will prove a challenge when we ever obtain seed: similar to the russet Himalayan Rhodiola fastigiata (which I've grown for years, but not yet successfully bloomed)
We found this on several h…

Mongolia revisited (part three) More than just posies as you will see...

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I shan't be "yakking it up" as much in this blog as I usually do (you probably think this is just more of my "bull")...but all feeble humor aside, there shall be a different slant to this--because people (and animals of course) will be more of the focus than my usual obsession with plants.


Here is the merry company that spent the better part of the last week crossing the heights of Mongolia's highest peaks. I fear you can smell as well as see us in this picture. We hadn't had our salutary sauna in a while...


This is one of my favorite of many, many pictures I took of Mike Bone, Curator of Steppe Collections at Denver Botanic Gardens. There are few better companions one can have on a trip than this multifaceted and congenial gentleman. Doesn't he look happy in a sort of supine fashion? (I haven't used supine in much too long in a blog).


Wouldn't you know, a dang plant had to intrude: one of several Parnassia we found on the trip--I shall loo…