the middle valley of Davos
While staying in Gadenstattli, we drove down the mountain to hike along the Dischma Valley, one of the three valleys in Davos that run into the Engadin. Beautiful Alpine wildflowers, fast-flowing waters, fir-covered slopes and even a mini-avalanche were some of the beauties we encountered.
The trail was easy, with the Dischma on one side and little streams rushing downhill on the other.
We did come across our own little avalanche, where snow had clearly tumbled down the mountainside and left debris behind. We picked our way over it.
walking across the landslide – snow and debris
The views were spectacular yet again – the wide green valley and always the snow-covered mountains in the distance.
We were happy hikers.
The wildflowers were spectacular – Mom would have loved it. Judy did point out that at least I took photos rather than looking them up in a guidebook the way Mom had to – much quicker, though still a tad tedious for my fellow hikers.
The gem of them all were the gentians, a true Alpine species. This is the bottle gentian. Below is another variety. Luckily I captioned it while I was still there and could remember!
gentiana verna L.
A lovely little purple number.
Buttercups plus some pale cowslips, my faves. I think this is primula veris. I wish I could grow the candelabra variety, but my garden is too dry.
Campanula rotundifolia, Swiss harebells
This is a wild and groovy flower.
Another little beauty.
This is a familiar flower that I just can’t place at the moment.
Stone wall, ferns, and white wildflowers.
Shockingly, Silla said we could pick the wildflowers, so we did. Some, especially the yellow anemones, she took back to place on her mother’s grave in the Waldfriedhof, a post-World War I cemetery that is also a national monument.This beautiful cemetery was heavily planted with huge, serene larches.A truly beautiful place.
We also took some flowers back to Gadenstattli to decorate the table. A beautiful hike with my dear sisters.
where we could go, and where we will go