An afternoon drive down Hwy 529 yielded some interesting scenery…
Yellow goatsbeard stayed open in spite of a light rainshower:
When you look closely (click on the photo) you can clearly see the anthers on this seed head of grass…
Patch of pink ladyslipper orchids, in a sphagnum bog just off of the rock dump north of Big Lake.
Viper’s bugloss being pollinated by a visiting bumblebee….
Cinnamon fern, named for its spore-bearing fertile fronds …
First (and only, so far) sighting of tufted loosestrife
The purple pitcher plant .6 km N of 529A is in mid-bloom.
Possibly a (ground?) crab spider of some sort waiting in ambush. It didn’t move at all.
I am now reasonably certain that the Monarchs are laying eggs on the yet-to-bloom milkweeds …
Another copious source of nectar for a variety of pollinators, including many butterflies … Spreading Dogbane.
“Potentilla simplex, also known as common cinquefoil or old-field five-fingers or oldfield cinquefoil, is a perennial herb.
Pollinators include mason bees, small carpenter bees, cuckoo bees, halictid bees, syrphid flies, tachinid flies, blow flies, and others. Less common pollinators are wasps and butterflies.”
Nice camouflage! (The ID is also “camouflaged” in my brain!)
I have seen several of these, some with all of the petals removed.
She loves me.
She loves me not.
She loves me.
Backlit Cow Parsnip looking towards the setting sun ….
While trying to ID the above spider I came across this link to very fine nature photography: