Grasslands on the Gahns Massive 7.5.2015

Together with Herwig Gie▀wein I start from Gasteil for a visit of the two orchid grasslands of the Gahns massive.

Kleewiese. As compared to my visit 2 years ago, the vegetation isn┤t  that developed.

View to Ternitz

Though everything being late, lots of Elder flowered orchids (Dactylorhiza sambucina) are out - and at their best.

Growing densely in places.

Spring Gentian (Gentiana verna) in between.

Tiny yellow pollen grains sticking to the petals - the spruces are flowrishing.

Elder flowered orchids (Dactylorhiza sambucina). The yellow variant is much more frequent here.

Hunting lodge on the Kleewiese.

Back to  Gsteil - "Art in the landscape"

We have driven a short distance and are now walking to the Gahnshauswiese. In the forest trifoliate bittercress (Cardamine trifolia) ...

 ... and die wood spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloidea)

Gahnshauswiese, with  a view to the Rax.

Here, thousands of green winged orchids (Orchis morio) are growing.

Common cowslip (Primula veris)

A lighter variant of the green winged orchid (Orchis morio) The visitor is starting his flight just now.

Thousands of green winged orchids ...

 ...are growing here.

Pink variant

Light violet

This part of the grassland has much less orchids.

Lentikular clouds


Dotted violet and dark violet.

Light green spring forest.

Common cowslips (Primula veris) ...

are frequent paint spots in the grass.