Even though the mountain pastures of the Alps are far from being a natural enviroment they feature an impressive bio-diversity. In a lot of cases, human intervention is actually furthering this. Most pastures are cut once a year or every two years. If not, most of the lower meadows would be brush and forest after a couple of years, thus eliminating chances for flowers and insects. One thing I didn’t know before our trip to Lienz, Osttirol in the Austrian Dolomites is the fact that there are a number of orchid species that grow high in the mountains. I am no botanist – far from it- so if you have any clue what these organisms actually are, feel free to educate me.