20170709 Water Lilies, Day Lilies, Swamp Candle, Frosted Whiteface, Water Shield, American Crow

Above Photo:  Threatening weather over a barn on Hartley Bay Road.

After Sunday brunch with two fellow teletubbies and Ann, Bob and Grace at the French River Inn we went for a little excursion along Hwy 407 to the Murdock River.   First, the pond between 407A and the Murdock:

Little drop “bouncing” up after a raindrop hit the pond.

Little drop is barely visible in this one…

Always, always some critters in for a visit …


Aha!  The exception to prove the rule …  (or?)

Swamp Candles are starting to bloom, from the bottom up, like most racemes.  It is worth while to click on the photo to see the interesting structure/colour of each floret:

It took me a while to realize that Birdsfoot Trefoil will also grow with very wet feet.

A Frosted Whiteface is munching on some food while resting on a lily pad…

and while resting on a stick.  I could see its mouth parts working as it masticated:

A very nice pair of Day Lilies each with 6 anthers below a long stigma…

This diagram illustrates the structure.

On the way home we detoured to the pond on Hwy 522 and were fortunate to see:

Water shield in its very short and fascinating bloom period….

“Brasenia exhibits wind pollination. The flowers have a two-day blooming period. On the first day, the functionally female, or pistillate flower, extends above the surface of the water and exposes the receptive stigmas. The flower then recedes below the water surface and on the following day emerges as a functionally male, or staminate flower. It is elevated higher than on the previous day and the anther-bearing filaments are extended beyond the female carpels. The anthers dehisce, releasing the pollen, and the flower is then withdrawn below the water where the fruit develops.”

The next time you are in Hangzhou, try some Water Shield Soup.

Click to enlarge the image to see the delicate blossoms:

And, finally, we saw this American Crow along the Old Still River Road:

Mary Holland has some nice photography accompanying a good story about Loon chicks.


20170621 Summer Solstice Ambush, Painted Lady, Monarch, Thalictrum, Water Lilies, Sweat bee, Crab Spider

We were out on Old Still River Road and Hwy 529 down to Big Lake on our National Aboriginal Day on the Summer Solstice.  Here are some sights seen along the way.


A well worn Painted Lady visits a naturalized Red Clover blossom for some nectar…

The Meadow Rues are bursting into bloom now…

This Sweat Bee is gathering pollen on  Common Yarrow, which have just started blooming.

Beware this crab spider poised to ambush a “customer” with its poised front claws.

Another one, poised to strike:

Up closer.   Click on the photo so see its eyes clearly.

It has retracted its front claws, perhaps to move.   Or maybe to make picture-making a little easier for the photographer.

As we passed the pond at Big Lake…

We saw more critters feeding on Yarrow nectar …

Monarch and Sweat Bee sharing a blossom …..

Alas! for this Sweat BeeAt last! says this crab spider!

If you click on the photo you can see one of the spider’s eyes as it sucks the vital juices out of the bee’s “neck”.

On the way home, the setting sun illuminated this nice triplet of Yellow Pond Lily blooms …

One of my internet acquaintances says, “the connection one gets from trying to understand the subtleties of nature is truly the best.

PS   The shelf fungus at the top of this post appears to be Dryad’s Saddle.  It is always wise to positively ID a mushroom from several sources before tasting it.