Palau – 2009 – 5 Dollars – Flora & Mountains OETSCHER (PROOF)
Metal: Silver .925
Weight: 25 g
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Mintage: 2’500 pcs.
By the sight of a blue gentian, edelweiss or any other typical alpine flower many mountain climbers and hiker?s heart leaps for joy. Thanks to the high Ultraviolet-rays the alpine flowers have an intensive luminous colour which is very appealing to our senses.
They are real survivalists who have adjusted to the rough nature perfectly. In many areas the snow doesn?t stay as long due to the global climate warming. This is the reason why the alpine flowers bloom earlier than they used to a few years ago. To protect themselves from the different conditions in the upper elevations these plants have developed defence mechanisms. For example: the cushion- and rose growths have an own small microclimate. The temperature on the surface increases and simultaneously water is stored in the cushion.
Many old romantic movies and novels are about brave mountain climbers who pick alpine flowers under difficult conditions and present them to their beloved. In this way they conquered many hearts. All alpine flowers grow under difficult conditions and therefore are found less frequently than their fellow species in the valley below. Therefore it was vital to put these survivalists under conservation. Note: Do not pick alpine flowers for your beloved; she will also be satisfied with a bunch of roses.