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.
- Whymper Lake view
- Western yellow pond lily (Nuphar polysepala)…
…provides nice landing pads for dragonflies such as…
- Chalk-fronted corporal (Ladona julia)
- White-beaked sedge (Rhychospora alba): a close-up of the flowers
- Great sundew (Drosera anglica)
The next 3 are flowers of the dry gravel roadside habitat. Amazing that anything can grow there!
- Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium) – what a flower!
- Spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)
- 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.
- 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.
- An intact ketchup bottle…circa 1930s. Yikes, a bit of ketchup still in the bottle!!!