The Dolomites, September 2014
Gentianella germanica on the Pordoi Pass, with Sassolungo in the background.
The circuit of Sassolungo is a first-class day's walk. The ascent from the Sella Pass is steep - but you can go by gondola.
The descent from the pass is steep and rough, but it is majestic, wild country.
As you get lower, more plants appear, with many flowers even in September. Here is Globularia cordifolia.
Potentilla nitida flowered in shades of pink to almost white.
The circuit passes cliffs, goes over screes, and ends with a passage through the 'stone city', huge dolomite rocks with many unusual plants ...
... including Gentianopis crinita.
Two days walking in the Antermoia range took us past the refuge at Passo Principe - hot chocolate and a warm atmosphere in the wildest surroundings.
Crossing the Sella Group started with many flowers and butterflies, including this small tortoiseshell on Adenostyles alpina ...
... which grew with Aconitum vulparia.
The leaves of Actous (Arctostaphylos) alpina turn brilliant red in autumn.
The ascent has long sections where fixed cables and steps provide some protection.
There are few plants in these rocky areas; Phyteuma orbiculare is one of them.
The top of the Sella Group after a night at a refuge - amazing views all round.
On the descent to the Pordoi Pass there were some very deep pink-flowered Potentilla nitida.
The circuit of Mount Pelmo is another great day's walk, with a few exposed sections, where there is a fixed cable to hang on to.
Much of the circuit goes across screes - and up them and down them.
The end of the walk (if you go clockwise) is much more peaceful.
On Civetta the very rare Campanula morettiana was in full flower.
Doronicum columnae is much more common, but it is an attractive plant, which could be used more in gardens.
The Civetta circuit takes two days, and we didn't have enough time, but the route passes screes and meadows, with wonderful views in all directions.