Friday, September 18, 2009

A handful of weeds

I'm still plugging away at my hundreds of Vancouver Island photos. These are a few of the wildflowers in the Campbell River to Comox area:


Gumweed. The name fits: this stuff is sticky!


Gumweed on the beach. It likes dunes and dry, disturbed land.


Dying tansy, with a happy bunch of freeloaders.


Queen Anne's Lace. The flower head, opening up, forms a deep bowl at first.


The whole flower head is an umbel; the individual clusters of flowers in the umbel are umbellets. They turn white as they open.


Silverweed. A cinquefoil. It likes wet creek banks and beaches.


Rockweed. At Oyster Bay.


A different rockweed. Oyster Bay.


Hardhack. One of my favourite dried flowers. Dries to a quiet brownish mauve colour. Grows in wet ground.


Canada Thistle. Grows everywhere, but likes good garden soil.


And for good measure, a cross spider enjoying the morning sunshine.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The countdown begins: two more days before Rock Flipping Day. These, underwater at Crescent Beach, would be interesting.


Rocks and fractured light.

.

4 comments:

  1. I've never heard of Rock Flipping Day but will give it my best shot. I'll be in the city, but they must have rocks somewhere. - Margy

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm sure you'll find a good one, once you start looking around. I wonder what surprise you will come up with!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Heading out tomorrow to scout for some good rocks. Jocie http://www.jocieingram.ca is going to write her column about it for a local paper. The question is...beach, forest or stream? I think the tides are against us here so it will probably be the latter.

    ReplyDelete

If your comment is on a post older than a week, it will be held for moderation. Sorry about that, but spammers seem to love old posts!

Also, I have word verification on, because I found out that not only do I get spam without it, but it gets passed on to anyone commenting in that thread. Not cool!