Colony Farm, along the Coquitlam River, used to be one of our favourite places to walk, before we moved to Delta. We returned this afternoon, after years away; it's as beautiful as ever.
|Heading northeast along the Coquitlam River.|
The section we walked through this time is mostly open grassland; well-watered bottom land, sun-drenched, fertile, and bursting with life.
|The tufted vetch (Vicia cracca) that grows knee-high in our vacant lot reaches chest height here.|
|Detail. "... dense, 1-sided clusters of 20-50 flowers." (From Pojar & MacKinnon)|
|The flowers were buzzing with bees, bee mimics, and the inevitable mating soldier beetles.|
|And a black-and-red Stink Bug, Cosmopepla lintneriana, 5mm. long.|
|With the flower head he came on, in my collecting bottle.|
The rest of the story will wait until tomorrow. I'm stiff and sunburnt and weary and I'm going to bed.