We hiked up (see, clouds and drizzle)...
...and up some more, until E and I decided we were done hiking up, and wanted to just sit--or lie--and enjoy the view.
S hiked to the top without us, an additional 45 minutes or so, round trip...
...that I easily filled by taking photos and watching the ever-shifting balance between clouds and light.
The mountain air was cool and breezy. Bugs were moving so slowly that E could almost pluck them out of the air. On Col Bechei, he spent a good fifteen minutes bonding with a fly he named Steve. Here's an accidental photo in which I captured a slow-moving mosquito so large that it had its own contrail:
Glacier-covered Marmolada stood in the distance.
Look, another slow-moving bug. This hoverfly hung out with me for quite some time, while Steve and E were deep in conversation.
We're guessing this is dolomite.
A 360o summary of the view:
Once S returned to us, it was a relatively quick hop, skip, and jump back down to the Fanes Hütte, where we picked up our things and headed back down into the Rautal. For S, it was a quick ride. E and I took the road back down, rather than the trail, and enjoyed some new views.
Col Bechei offered wildflowers we hadn't seen yet:
|Schusternagel--cobbler's nails!--a variety of gentian|
|Click to enlarge, to see the curly tips--Teufelskralle--Devil's claw--Phyteuma orbiculare|
Driving back to Gchliererhof, we pulled off the road for another view of photogenic Enneberg/Mareo/Marebbe.