20150605 Trip to Parry Sound via Skerryvore: flowers, turtles etc

We went to Parry Sound on Friday.   I have never seen so many snapping turtles (7 or 8).  Some will appear below.  Saw a very wary black bear cub at Big Lake.  And had a surprise.

First some alien wildflowers indicating the start of summer:    The orange hawkweeds are just starting to emerge in open spaces, as are the goatsbeard, the oxeye daisy and the common yarrow.

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This native Aquilera has a huge infestation of aphids.

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Some native wildflowers:

Yellow Pond Lily, Solomon’s Plume (which I prefer to the False spikenard, False Solomon’s seal, since it is more descriptive.) and Bog Cotton :

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Surprise!

Then I saw this beastie loping down the road towards me.  Long shot with the camera stuck out the window of the truck:

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It  bounded into the bush and gave me this glimpse as it disappeared.

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Porcupines are seen very rarely around here as the Ontario MNR has imported fishers to control them… and many other species, including domestic cats.

Complex facial “plates” on this Snapper!

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This one was completing her third nest:

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I cannot yet understand why turtles cross the road from one pond to another instead of using the culvert.

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Ahhhh.  Safety!

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I had to take this just to check out the camera.  Good lens.

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And, finally, two artsy images in between rain showers:

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You never know what you’re gonna see.

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