Above photo: Sweat Lodge frame at Portage Lake
We stopped in at Portage Lake to see the wigwam and sweat lodge frames left from the Summer rituals celebrated at Solstice.
We also went for a short trip to see the sights along Hwy 522:
It looks like a good crop of Highbush Cranberries this year.
This looks like a Tachinid Fly which is visiting the last of the Common Yarrow for nectar…
Unknown beetle(?) up close and personal with what’s left of a Common Vetch flower.
Looks lie a European Skipper nectaring on a Common Vetch.
Tamarack cones are slowly changing colour from purple to brown …
Evening Primrose, Oenothera, are starting to bloom in earnest now … we’ll be keeping an eye out for its pollinators since …”the bees which visit Oenothera are generally vespertine temporal specialists: bees that forage in the evening.”
And the Great Mulleins are starting to bloom also, especially when close to a south facing rock, like this one:
A newly seen tan, fuzzy, bee fly …. but which one???
A Northern Spring Azure (there is some debate about this genus, Celastrina, in Ontario)
A nice simple Inuksuk:
Pale Corydalis still blooming!
Bladder Campion is starting to release its seeds…
Bristly Sarsaparilla are starting to form their characteristic dark blue fruit..
Bombus is finishing the nectar in the florets of the Ox Eye Daisy.
Moss spore capsules are releasing spores…
Three different fern species in these two photos? …
Tansy is starting to bloom along the roadsides … this one with a visitor…
So is Chicory ( aka blue daisy, blue dandelion, blue sailors, blue weed, bunk, coffeeweed, cornflower, hendibeh, horseweed, ragged sailors, succory, wild bachelor’s buttons, and wild endive.)…. related to these yummy edibles: endive, radicchio, radichetta, Belgian endive, French endive, red endive, sugarloaf, and witloof (or witlof).
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