Beer ‘n’ roses

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on June 6.

Last weekend (also showering, like this one) I did some wandering around Miracle Beach Provincial Park looking at all the nice blooms this time of year has to offer. You are probably thinking that beer and roses don’t exactly go together, but this gets to the truth of what we often see in the natural world…beauty side by side with human detritus.

Here are a few highlights [click a photo to enlarge it]:

  1. June is the month for roses! The lovely Nootka rose (Rosa nutkana).
  1. June also means that summer is coming, and with it more Lucky cans, garbage and beach fires!
  1. Beach pea (Lathyrus japonicus). A plant that likes to lean out onto the beach, climbing over logs, rock and sand.
  1. Dune grass (Elymus mollis). The strappy, blue-green leaves and giant spiky flowers are a showstopper. It is also a great shore stabilizer.
  1. Maple erineum mite (Aceria calaceris). You may notice these bright strawberry-red patches on the leaves of Douglas maple (and possibly other maples…but I always seem to see it just on the Douglas maple).
  1. Salal flowers (Gaultheria shallon). Look again at these common, but enchanting bell-like flowers covered in sticky hairs.
  1. Vanilla leaf (Achlys triphylla), are always attractively beaded with water droplets after the rain.
  1. A peaceful view of Black Creek.
  1. American brooklime (Veronica americana). This veronica likes ditches, stream sides and wet places.
  1. Damp weather brings out the gastropods! Here is a banana slug (Ariolimax columibanus) out for a stroll on a sword fern frond. 
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