Schneeberg 20.6.2018

With Herwig Gießwein from Losenheim via the Fadensteig to the Fischerhütte, then for my own to Klosterwappen, down via the Bockgrubenriegel and the Damböckhaus to the rack railway. The next train is booked out, so I descend via Baumgartner and Mieseltal to the Schneebergdörfel.

"Hat der Berg an Hut, dann is´s Wetter gut" (in translation "If the mountain has a hat, the weather is fine) is an ol weather proverb, which is in consent with today´s weather forecast. We park one car at the railway station in Puchberg and drive to Losenheim with Herwigs car.

Meadow salsify (Tragopogon pratensis) near the carpark

The pond for artificial snow production is disused for 2 years, but there are no plans to remove it as yet.

Struggling for the concentratzed feed ...

False helleborine (Veratrum album) in flower already.

First turk´s cap lily (Lilium martagon) along the path.

The Scabious fölowers are often visited by butterflies: the brown one is a Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album, Nymphalis c-album) and the ...

 ... white one is a Cabbage butterfly (Pieris brassicae).

Goat´s beard (Aruncus dioicus).

Common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) ...

 ... in abundance in places.

Common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) ...  - this huge one is about 3/4 m high..

Dotted loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata) planted at the Edelweißhütte.

The sun is reflecting in the Lake Neusiedel, Austria´s larges lake.

View to Puchberg.

Weißer Germer (Veratrum album) und der Blick über den Fadensattel.

False helleborine (Veratrum album)

Mountain cornflower (Centaurea montana, Cyanus montanus) inside the forest.

Alpine Heliosperma ("Alpen Leimkraut", Heliosperma alpestre)

Silvery yarrow (Steinraute, Achillea clavennae)

Alpine poppy (Papaver alpinum) in abundance on this scree.

Alpine poppy (Papaver alpinum) - with an unknown visitor.

Alpine poppy (Papaver alpinum)

View to the west to the Klostertal ...

 ... and to the east to Puchberg.

Alpine poppy (Papaver alpinum)

Clusius Fingerkraut (Potentilla clusiana)

Alpine forget-me-not (Myosotis alpestris).

Lucy has to stay on the lead in exposed places.

Clusius - Gämswurz (Doronicum clusii)

Arrived on the plateau, we take a short rest. After that, we need another hour to the summit. Alpine "Thrift" (Armeria alpina)

Black vanilla orchid (Nigritella sp.) in different colours.

Alpine "Thrift" (Armeria alpina)

Weiße Höswurz (Pseudorchis albida)

Black vanilla orchid (Nigritella sp.)

Berg - Spitzkiel (Oxytropis montana)

Alpine "Thrift" (Armeria alpina)

View to the west, with the Ötscher in the distance.

View to north.

Zooming in on the Ötscher (ro the right))

Flower meadow near the Fischer hut.

Clusius - Gämswurz (Doronicum clusii)

After the rest, I proceed to the Klosterwappen.

This flexwing interrupted the start.

The Radar station on the Klosterwappen.

Restauration at the summit cross

The Plateau with the Damböckhaus.

Alpine "Thrift" (Armeria alpina) and the view back to the Klosterwappen.

Alpine kidneyvetch (Anthyllis vulneraria subsp. alpicola) and Alpine saxifrage (Saxifraga paniculata)

View over a little fir animal to the Rax.

Lucy has immediately rolled in the snow - a much appreciated cool-down.

Alpine kidneyvetch (Anthyllis vulneraria subsp. alpicola)

 In the distance: Damböckhaus.

Nacissus anemone (Anemone narcissiflora)

Alpine Pink (Dianthus alpinus)

Alpine kidneyvetch (Anthyllis vulneraria subsp. alpicola)

Yellow foxglove (Digitalis grandiflora) on the descent to Baumgartner.

Good to have friends living in the region. Manythanks to Dr. Karin Pietsch, who drove me from Schneebergdörfel back to Puchberg´s railway station.