August 6th through 9th we were in Edmonton to see family members, especially our two little grandchildren there. We left early Friday morning, hoping for good weather and planning to hike the Berg Lake trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park.
We have backpacked and hiked the Berg Lake trail many times now but never weary of its spectacular scenery, and interestingly, have only had rainy weather there once, though the area is notorious for cloudy weather and invisible mountains.
We arrived at 7:00 am and were soon on the trail, which we had almost to ourselves, though as the day went on the trail was quite busy. We hiked as far as Whitehorn, where we usually camp the first night if we are backpacking.
The Robson River was very high and in one spot near Kinney Lake the trail was flooded. We took our time and a lot of pictures, both of the river and the wildflowers growing along the trail. We saw a few orchids but most were gone to seed.
There had been rain in the area earlier and everything was wet. The trail is good enough that we did not have to worry about getting wet ourselves, but it did give us many opportunities to photograph the rain or dewdrops on the plants and foliage.
As is always the case there was a lot of "small nature" to photograph, too, especially fungi and mushrooms, which for some reason seem to be my wife's favorite subject. Many of these pictures, not only of the fungi, are hers and not mine.
We followed the trail around the east side of Kinney Lake, enjoying the reflections of the mountains in the water of the lake. It was there we found a number of the Pad-leaved Orchis, Platanthera orbiculata, our most beautiful Platanthera.
All along Kinney Lake and for the rest of the hike we found endless numbers of the Lesser Rattlesnake Orchis, Goodyera repens. We had never seen this species in bloom because we are usually in the area earlier, near the end of June.
The plant's tiny leaves were hidden in the moss, but the white flowers were beautiful especially when seen close up. We also saw its larger cousin, the Giant Rattlesnake Orchis, but did not even take pictures of this very common plant.
Crossing the flood plain above Kinney Lake we hiked up and over the hill to Whitehorn, arriving at noon. There we made our lunch, my wife resting while I explored, looking for wildflowers, though there were few in bloom this late in the season.
Leaving Whitehorn about 2:00 we hiked out in two hours and were soon on our way home, driving west and then south on the Yellowhead Highway. Delayed by an horrific accident near Barriere we did not get home until after midnight.