|Near the start of the walk.|
|Ants' nest. Mel jimmied them around a bit to get them to squirt acid!|
|Another flower whose identity I have sadly forgotten.|
Another new creature we saw plenty of was Chamois - once the trees had thinned out, to one side of the path there were frequent snow-filled gullies on the hillsides. It was very easy to spot Chamois walking across these!
|Snow-filled gullies, good for spotting Chamois!|
|Distant Chamois on the snow.|
|Higher up. North-facing valleys were still completely snow-covered, and some of the snow was stained yellow by Saharan dust carried on the wind and deposited.|
Once more I got a bit excited about the fine igneous and metamorphic rock specimens that were to be found!
|Glassy grey quartz, opaque white feldspar, nice shiny biotite. Classic granite!|
|Ignimbrite, great example of a very ugly volcanic rock!|
|This one was a bit more cryptic. It looks as though it has some banding and quite a lot of biotite, perhaps it is a gneiss-like rock.|