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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TOTY contest last day June 1

Voting for the CVN Tree of the Year 2021 will close at the end of Tuesday June 1. Be sure to participate (everybody welcome).

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The previously unidentified maple tree (#13) on Willemar Ave. has now been identified as a Norway maple (Acer platanoides).

One intrepid group of cyclists has visited almost all of the nominated trees and sent us these photos of some of them (all photos by Angela Dawson). Click a photo to enlarge it.

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Early blooms from the Elk River trail

Here are a note and photos from Alison M., distributed to the Botany Group on May 19.

These photos of three exquisite flowers are from the lower elevations of Strathcona Provincial Park in the Buttle Lake area taken at the very end of April. [Click a photo to enlarge it.]

The Asarum caudatum (wild ginger) and the Calypso bulbosa (ladyslipper) can be found in woodlands around  the Comox Valley,  although where there used to be lots of the latter at the entrance to the Comox Bluffs Ecological Reserve they are sadly not visible this year.

The Coptis aspleniifolia (spleenwort-leaved goldthread) will be visible up in Paradise Meadows along the boardwalk as the snow recedes (not yet).

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Touring and voting continue for Tree of the Year 2021

Photo by Jennifer McQuade

This group of local cyclists (click the photo to enlarge it) was out last week touring the trees nominated for the Comox Valley Nature Tree of the Year 2021. Circling the massive Douglas fir nominated at Kitty Coleman Park are, left to right, Marg Harris, Barb Fudge, Angela Dawson and Sue Fabrizio. Their quest continues to other trees this week.

Online voting continues until June 1.

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