Wildflowers of the Tour du Mont Blanc

Posted on May 19, 2013. Filed under: France, Italy, Plants, Switzerland, Tour du Mont Blanc, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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If you really want to see alpine wildflowers in all their glory you would hike the Tour du Mont Blanc in early summer, something like June.  You would be taking a bigger risk, however, with the weather and you might spend considerable time hiking through snow.  We opted for September, the very last 2 weeks in the hiking season which did provide us with magnificent weather.  One of the guides of a group (we did not hike with a group, but talked to everyone!) told us this is the time of year all the pictures for the guidebooks are taken.  We could believe this because every day except 1 day of rain in our 2 weeks was near perfect with blue skies and excellent temperatures for hiking.

The surprise, though, was that we did see a fair amount of wildflowers.  Sometimes, like above, they were in their end stages of seed development, but still quite beautiful.

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Other times they were at peak bloom or about to bloom.  I think in September it’s just far fewer than earlier in the season.  That was ok with us.  It was nice to focus mainly on the mountains and valleys with their sweeping views of enormous pieces of landscape.  But then, a quiet little up-close miracle of a flower would catch the attention.  What a great contrast between the two, large and small, but all very interesting and always a feast for the eyes.

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