Plants of lakes and roadsides (and old ketchup)

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on July 14.

In early July I did some exploring around the Whymper Lake area (across the Strathcona dam, west of Campbell River). Here are a few photos (mostly botany…and other things of interest. [Click a photo to enlarge it.]

The first 5 photos are from the lakeshore habitat. Some stunning miniature forests of glistening red sundews etc.

  1. Whymper Lake view
  1. Western yellow pond lily (Nuphar polysepala)…

…provides nice landing pads for dragonflies such as…

  1. Chalk-fronted corporal (Ladona julia)
  1. White-beaked sedge (Rhychospora alba): a close-up of the flowers
  1. Great sundew (Drosera anglica)

The next 3 are flowers of the dry gravel roadside habitat. Amazing that anything can grow there!

  1. Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium) – what a flower!
  1. Spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)
  1. Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus)…I think this is right, or one of those fleabanes…

Finally, a bit of relic hunting around some old settlements from logging camp days. Nature reclaiming short-lived boomtowns.

  1. The backyard tin-can & bottle dumping pit. Not much decay on those old tins in nearly a hundred years. Still, way less garbage than today’s households produce.
  1. An intact ketchup bottle…circa 1930s. Yikes, a bit of ketchup still in the bottle!!!
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