We first walked on the top, passing through Mali Snežnik (1694 m) and enjoying the rich flora on the way up. Multi-coloured carpets of flowers on every step; increasing in biodiversity as you approach the peak. In the late afternoon we descended and spent the evening in the forest.
First a selection of wildflowers... birds (& other wildlife) to follow.
|Edelweiss Leontopodium alpinum - the main botanical joy of the day.|
|Edraianthus graminifolius - a speciality of Mt. Snežnik; quite common around the top, but found only on a few other locations in Slovenia.|
|Scabiosa silenifolia - also typical for the Snežnik area.|
|Gentiana lutea ssp. symphyandra|
|Helianthemum nummularium and Achillea clavenae|
|Heliosperma sp., Campanula cochleariifolia & Achillea clavenae|
|Floral mix (incl. Pulsatilla alpina, Phyteuma orbiculare ect.) near Snežnik's top.|
|Floral mix 2: Achillea clavenae & Rhododendron hirsutum.|
|Floral carpet near the top.|
While we were descending from the top, on the rocky path, my friend and I almost trod on a melanistic ADDER Vipera berus. The animal was sun-bathing on the rocks, just a few centimetres away from where we put our feet! After rising its head a bit and hissing to us, it slowly slipped away under the rocks. As far as I know melanistic adders are not very common, but on Snežnik, this form seems to be commoner than the usual one.
A few metres down the path we also had a Slow-worm Anguis fragilis and later in the beech forest we had an amphibian encounter: two Alpine Salamanders Salamandra atra.
|Alpine Salamander Salamandra atra|
Below are a few more landscape pics.
|Veliki Snežnik (1797 m)|
|Mali Snežnik (1694 m)|
|Looking north-east from Mali Snežnik.|
|On top of Veliki Snežnik, looking east.|
|Mountain pine Pinus mugo covering much of Snežnik's upper part, from 1400 m upwards.|
|Looking south from the top. The mountains in the background are in Croatia.|
|A sinkhole near the top (it was full of snow).|
|Looking northwards. Two dolines with vegetation inversion are visible.|
|View from the path, looking westwards. The doline Grda draga is visible on the bottom of the valley and Mt. Nanos is also just visible in the distant haze.|