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Meeting December 20 2012

The December meeting of the North Lancashire Group was a series of short lectures by members. The Chairman, Frank Hoyle introduced each speaker.

1. Malcolm Edmunds presented his talk entitled ‘Coast to Canyon’. This tour started in Monterey, on the Californian coast and travelling northwards towards San Francisco and then easterly to view the giant Redwood trees. Next into the Sierra Nevada National Park with images of the many Penstemons and Louseworts common in the area. The trip continued into Yosemite National Park with its spectacular scenery and vegetation and on to Death valley, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Malcolm finished with a visit to the 200 mile long Grand Canyon on both north and south sides.

2. Eddie Simpson presented his talk entitled ‘A Walk in the Dolomites’ This walk was in the Sesto Dolomites and the Tre Cime di Laveredo circuit. The 10km walk starts at the Rifugio Auronzo (2320m) along the former military tracks of the First World War. The trail provides breathtaking panoramas with side views of the magnificent Tre Cime mountains and the bonus of many alpine flowers along the way. These included Gentiana verna in three colour forms, Gentiana clusii, Gentiana nivalis, Rhodothamnus chamaecistus and Thlaspi rotundifolia. At the lower Lake Misurina Eddie showed slides of the Lady’s Slipper and Lesser Butterfly Orchids.

3.Tony Willis gave a digital presentation of a visit to Ontario, Canada in June 2012 starting on the shores of Lake Huron at Bruce Peninsula some 200 miles north of Toronto. The base was the small town of Tobermory from where Tony found magnificent specimens of Cypripedium calceolus and Cypripedium pubescens. A visit was made to Flowerpot Island where other Canadian specialities were found including Iris versicolor, Pyrola chlorantha, Cornus canadensis, Linnaea borealis and Lilium philadelphicum. Next was a call at Hunstville a small community famous for its paintings of the ‘Group of Seven’. From here visits to the Algonquin National Park and its unique bog flora. Finally to Niagara Falls and on to the Ontario Botanic Garden with its show garden and herbaceous borders.

The vote of thanks to Malcolm, Eddie and Tony was proposed by Chairman Frank Hoyle, after which members enjoyed Christmas savouries and mince pies. Next meeting January 17th 2013 at Greaves Methodist Church, Lancaster.

Syd Cumbus
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