BTP Revisited

ladobeAugust 19, 2011

Well, if Sandy is following her scheduled plan, tonight will be her last up on the Plateau before going down to spend the last two nights on the shores of Jackson Lake.

I'm sure she will have taken a lot of pictures on the trip that we eagerly await... maybe a few general ones will tide us over until she's back.

The Lamar Valley they passed through on their way to leave Yellowstone for the BTP, a lep heaven in its own right.


Typical riparian habitat along Highway 212 they traveled through starting around 6,000'.


The Top of the World Store where they planned to stay on the Plateau. 9,400'


Transitional zone alpine habitat near upper tree line. About 9,500'.


Transitional arctic habitat about 10,000'


Arctic habitat above 10,000'.


Typical view from West Summit across Rock Canyon. 11,011'


Arctic tundra habitat found on much of the plateau, and one of the habvitats where dozens of sp/ssp of leps fly in massive numbers. 10,000' plus.


One of the leps I told Sandy how to find at West Summit. Euphydryas editha hutchinsi âÂÂatitudinal formâ montanus is the smallest of the genus. Male-female, dorsal and ventral.


One I doubt Sandy will be able to hike for is the rarest, Boloria eunomia ursadentis. Male top, female bottom, dorsal and ventral.

Larry

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mary_littlerockar(8a-7b mid Arkansas)

What a wonderful trip she must be experiencing. Thank you for sharing your photos and descriptions of this beautiful part of our nation.

~Mary

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 6:55AM
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susanlynne48(OKC7a)

ooh, ah, ooh, ah! What lovely photos. Makes me feel a bit cooler here in our 105 degree temps just looking at them, Larry! I particularly like the transitional arctic habitat photos. I could just take a pillow and light blanket and lay down there to take it all in! Mmmmmmmmmmmm!

Can't wait to see and read about Sandy's adventure!

Susan

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 7:40AM
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bananasinohio(6OH)

Wow, wow, wow...I want to travel now.
-Elisabeth

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 10:00AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Great pictures and interesting information, Larry!
I hope Sandy sees plenty of leps while she's there - they are certainly different from the eastern species we're familiar with!
Sherry

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 10:30AM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Well, I'm back! It was the Butterfly trip nightmare. I did get some photos. We spent one night on the plateau and my SIL declared she couldn't stay there one more day. Caused quite a stir with the owner! I sneaked in and apologized to him later. Now I know why this was the second trip we've taken together in 30 years! I'll post some photos, but just know, this trip didn't go at all the way I had planned it. The trip was completely taken out of my control after the third day.

Sandy

    Bookmark   August 23, 2011 at 5:32PM
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ladobe

Sandy,
So sorry on the outcome, for promoting it and for the time and effort we both put into what sounds like was doomed from the start. Lessons learned a long time ago reaffirmed for both of us. You're back safely, so just replax and get back into your regular routine. Don't worry about the email I sent yesterday, my course is confirmed.
Larry

    Bookmark   August 23, 2011 at 7:26PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

'So sorry, Sandy!
We're looking forward to seeing the pictures that you got.
Sherry

    Bookmark   August 23, 2011 at 7:56PM
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