It was exciting to return to Nuk Tessli again in July 2015. As always, the journey begins with a float plane. The weather had been so hot, but it had mercifully cooled down somewhat. I was to fly in very early and that morning the temp had dropped to -3C – I even had to scrape ice off my windshield. The pilot is bundled up as he is fuelling the Cessna 180 at the Tweedsmuir Air dock in Nimpo Lake.
Ten minutes after we took off, we were crossing Charlotte Lake. Note Mt Monarch peeking over the ridge.
And finally, what I still think of as “My Lake” with the cabins on the point in the foreground.
It is always interesting to see what Doron has done since my last visit. He is building a new cabin.
And the humble stone oven, in which I baked hundreds of loaves of bread, has undergone a metamorphosis. It now has various stone cooking areas and a barbecue on the surface, and an old stove top oven sitting atop the chimney does duty as a smoker.
The first morning was a Nuk Tessli classic.
And I was the only one who was awake to see it!
We had a couple of hot days, but mostly the weather was cool and stormy. I can’t say I was too upset after the terrible heat we had endured for so long.
One morning there was even fresh snow on the mountains.
Like everywhere, everything was dry, dry, dry. This meant the flowers on the whole were disappointing. A few species did well, notably the false hellibore,
Which has such spectacular leaves.
The pond lilies also made a nice show.
The loons as always were much in evidence.
As were the spotted sandpipers. (The pale one is a young one.)
Many flowers that should have bloomed at this time were finished. Valerian seeds look like sea anemones.
Several species that don’t normally show until well into August were already out. This white bog orchid has flowers arranged in a spiral – it is known as lady’s tresses.
The pyramid spiarea is usually the last to flower.
It is always fun to see the long-leaved sundews. The meadows where they live were so dry, only a fraction of the normal number of plants had grown.
By shoving the camera against the curled leaves, I could see the small insects the plants were digesting.
Here is something with wings.
I was to be at Nuk Tessli for 10 days. The following posts cover the two main hikes that I did.