I fished for "minnows" on the tide flats, never wondering what fish they grew up to be. I teased crabs and starfish, knew how to eat a clam on the beach, banging it on a rock to open it like the gulls did. I caught perch and red snapper from the wharf, and watched gulls fight over our leftover food, set out for the dog.
And I don't remember seeing mushrooms at all, ever. There were garden plots near two of our homes; there were daffodils and roses and some blue flowers that now I recognize as hydrangeas; back then, I didn't think to ask their name. The rest of the flowers and other plants in the area slipped by me, unobserved. And I never, ever saw a hermit crab or learned the names of the multi-coloured anemones on all the rocks.
Wasted opportunities. I'm glad that now I have a chance to fill in some of those gaps.
|Piggyback plant, Tolmeia menziesii.|
I always thought these were houseplants; now I learn that they are native to our west coast. This clump was growing at the campsite on the Leiner River.
|It's growing on a moss-covered log.|
|The little plantlets growing at the base of the leaf will drop off and root in the soil beneath the parent plant.|
|False bugbane, Trautvetteria caroliniensis. Another native. From the Leiner River trail.|
|Two-leaved false Solomon's seal, Maianthemum dilatatum. I remember seeing these berries long ago, and knowing only that I shouldn't eat them. Leiner River trail.|
|Foamflower, Tiarella trifoliata. I missed this one on the trail, but it turned up in several of my photos. Very tiny, and usually only seen as spots of white on a thin stalk.|
|Silverweed, Argentina anserina. On the banks of a lake between Gold River and Tahsis.|
We have a local silverweed here, that grows on the seashore; it's salt tolerant. A. anserina prefers inland soils.
|Twisted stalk, Streptopus lanceolatus, with berries. Usually there is one per leaf. The extra one here looks like it will fall off, unripe.|
This is another that I only knew as, "Do not eat." This one was on the banks of the Campbell River, just out of town, but they showed up in Tahsis, as well.
|And this, I have trouble understanding; how did I ever miss seeing lichens in all those years? In a field by the Leiner River.|
|Lichen and nail on fencepost.|
|These photos taken here.|