High in the French Alps, between the Tarentaise Valley and the heights of the central Vanoise Massif, is a remarkable series of high altitude bowls and mountain slopes with a very rich flora. Better known as the location of busy ski resorts in the winter, in the summer months the area returns to peaceful alpine pasture, meadows, and forest paths. The geology is highly complex, and that results in a wide range of soils and habitats, in which a delightful but bewildering array of wild flowers have made their homes.
Far from the madding crowds packing seaside towns and beaches, in summer this area is a blissful haven for the flowers of La Plagne and for lovers of wild flowers. In fact just the right place to kindle appreciation of the mountains, the natural world and the amazing alpine flora in the younger generation. So here is a little guide to help anyone and everyone, of all ages, to discover which beautiful flowering plants adorn these hillsides. Photos were all taken in the La Plagne area, but these flowers are common from the Trois Vallées to Val d’Isère, and through much of Savoire and Haute Savoire.
Download the pdf of Summer Flowers of La Plagne onto whatever device you use, and explore the photos and simple concise text, navigating by colour flower icons to identify any of 117 flowers, and find out a little more about them all. Zoom in on the high res close up photos to see them in more detail.
You could make a small contribution for this download using the Paypal donate button. This will help to keep the site going, and it might even help me to get back to the mountains to see the flowers again!
On phones the links within PDF files will not work in some apps. For Android phones MuPDF viewer is a simple, small, open source and free app that will highlight and allow links in pdf documents to work, and provides a search facility as well.
Whatever device you use, download and then save the PDF of Summer Flowers of La Plagne for future use, or use offline. On the iPad, you can use ‘Copy to iBooks’ to display it nicely in the iBooks app.