Category Archives: Photos of Flora

A favourite photo of some sort of plant growth; from my collection.

Dragon and Mom, Gatineau QC

MosaiCanada is one of the Signature Events for Canada’s 150th, and the dragon was one of the signature sculptures therein, says me.  Did you know that national celebrations these days require dragons in the street?

For that matter, did you know that Canada has a “horticultural friendship” with Shanghai and Beijing?

I thought not.   Continue reading

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Yellow Daisies, Yellowstone National Park WY

Our travels this summer took us to Yellowstone National Park – a first for the Big Guy, a first for me since I was about 10.  We went to see geysers, but as we drove through the foothills we hit meadows of wildflowers in bloom.

Completely unexpected; completely gorgeous.

As always, I alternated between going for the big picture . . .

Field of yellow daisies amid green grass.

. . .  and being satisfied with just one.

Sunlit yellow daisy in close-up.

Between being happy when the wind stopped blowing . . .

Yellow daisies on hillside, backed by black spruce.

. . . and being happy when I managed to capture some sense of motion.

Patch of yellow daisies and grasses, blowing in the wind.

And sometimes, well, I just had the feeling they were trying to tell me something.

Singletone yellow daisy, seeming to gesture with one leaf.

Psst! He went thatta way!

 

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Black-eyed Susans, Ottawa ON

I don’t know if Black-eyed Susans are the perfect perennial, but they’re productive and striking, both singly . . .

Sincle Black-eyed Susan in close-up.

And in a bunch . . .

Cluster of Black-eyed Susans, all yellow and green.

Sometimes, though, I find someone looking back at me.

Honeybee dusted with pollen on top of Black-eyed Susan

 

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Fungus, Lake Clear ON

Decomposing the deadwood of conifers across North America,
Gloeophyllum sepiarium is fairly easily recognized.
Mushroom Expert

More easily recognized than pronounced or spelled, I’m thinking.  If only there were a common name.

Gloeophyllum sepiarium (Rusty gilled polypore)
is a wood decay fungus that causes a brown rot.
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Ah ha!  The trusty rusty-gilled polypore.  Why didn’t they say so?

Yellow, orange, and brown fungus on a conifer stump.

Fungus amongus.

 

 

 

 

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Pink Coneflower and Black Spruce, Lake Clear ON

Well, OK, unless you’d been there you might not be able to tell that the darkness looming in the background is a pair of black spruce trees.

But it is/was.

I like the juxtaposition of the annual coneflower, already gone to seed, and the decades-old spruce trees.

Single stem of pink-petalled flower in foreground; black spruce looming in background.

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