Yesterday I was inspired (No, Owen, I hadn't planned on going for a walk in the rain yesterday) to go for a walk. A misty rain was falling ...
I noticed each thimbleberry blossom in one section of the woods had a tiny beetle in the middle. Every time I tried to get my little point-n-shoot camera close enough for a shot, they would drop off and disappear.
Except one. It didn't even notice that I was there!
Oh. Now I know why.
Bee and Nootka Rose, Rosa nutkana
Cut-leaved Geranium, Geranium dissectum
After this shot the rain started coming down really hard, so I packed up my camera and went home.
I'm not sure how these interesting weeds got their name, at least the "Cat's-ear" part. The "hairy" part is because the leaves, which are basal (at the bottom of the plant - on the ground) are "hairy" on both sides.
The flowers are yellow. I like the way this one caught the light and shadows, and appears to be black around the edges ...
While walking in the woods today, I came across this ladybug, strolling across a leaf. It was early evening and the light was fading fast. I snapped her picture ... FLASH! She fell over backward off the leaf.
That's the same reaction I have when someone takes MY picture ...
In the parking lot, a female killdeer feigned an injury to lead me away from her babies. She made an odd warbling sound to make it realistic. I skirted the area where her young were barely visible in the grass ... and went into the forest.
Wild Ginger, Asarum caudatum
Wild ginger is making a comeback in the canyon. I had never seen it flower ... When I came across a patch of these lemony-ginger scented plants, I gently moved aside the distinctive heart-shaped leaves and found this beautiful bloom.
Broad-leaved Starflower, Trientalis latifolia
There are so many of these starflowers blooming in the woods. The flower stalk is so dainty, I don't know how this flower is held up!
Fendler's Waterleaf, Hydrophyllum fendleri
In the deepest part of the woods, these waterleaf plants have not yet begun to blossom. Towards the top of the canyon, however, a little sunlight has created this cascade of fireworks!
Western Trumpet Honeysuckle, Lonicera ciliosa
This beautiful orange flower has always been one of my favorites. I remember as a child we would pluck the individual flowers out taste the nectar. Now I leave these beauties for the hummingbirds!
I know it's not native to this area. In fact, it's considered an invasive species! But I couldn't resist the beauty of these beautiful golden-yellow blossoms.
The Scotch Broom was brought to Vancouver Island in 1850 by Captain Walter Colquhoun. Of the seeds he planted, 3 germinated. All of the plants that are invading the West Coast are descendants of these three plants. The seeds and pods contain toxic alkaloids which have been known to 'depress the heart and nervous system'.