Behold the buttercup

We had to battle the fog and rains, withstand the iciest fieldwork conditions and climb above 1000 meters in the ice-cold subarctic mountains (in the valley of Laktatjakka, close to Abisko, Sweden), but we finally sow it flowering: the glacier buttercup, Ranunculus glacialis.

Ranunculus glacialis - 2

It is a wonderful sight, this ‘last man standing’, this one flower that survives so much higher than the rest. And that with such delicate beauty, the most perfect contrast with the harsh environment created by ice and rocks.

Ranunculus glacialis - 1

It might have been tough sometimes, this fieldwork ‘on top of the world’, but hey, for such flowers you’d do everything!

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