It’s floral Friday again and here’s what I’ve been snapping this week: death camas, rattlesnake plantain leaves, Nootka rose with Saskatoon berry and climbing honeysuckle, a nice patch of western starflower, harvest brodiaea in bud, and a pollen-coated puddle.
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It's #floralfriday again – here's what I've been snapping this week: death camas, rattlesnake plantain leaves, Nootka rose with Saskatoon berry and climbing honeysuckle, a nice patch of western starflower, harvest brodiaea in bud, and a pollen-coated puddle. #wildflowers #deathcamas #rattlesnakeplantain #nootkarose #saskatoonberry #starflower #harvestbrodiaea #climbinghoneysuckle #pollen #ubc #lighthousepark #bcwildflowers #beautifulbc #beautifulbritishcolumbia
There’s not much for me to add here, I think most of the images are fairly self-explanatory. Catching flowers in their prime is simply a delight, and Lighthouse Park is a good place to see a few species that aren’t very common near Vancouver. I’ve only seen death camas (always so dramatic-sounding, and yet so well-named) in the Lower Mainland in Lighthouse Park, on Elk Mountain, or on a mossy cliff along the Squamish Valley road. It’s more common on southern Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Island, as well as in the Okanagan and the Rockies.
The other rarity is harvest brodiaea (#5) a beautiful purple bloom that grows in really thin soil and only appears when the soil is completely dry. Here we caught it still in bud. I’m surprised it survives (and maybe it won’t in the long term) as the only places it grows in the park are right next to the trail, and not many people are careful about where they put their feet.
I’ve made many attempts at photographing rattlesnake plantain (#2), almost all of which have failed miserably. This time I had only the leaves to photograph, and I really liked the starry pattern they created. Continuing with the star theme, I couldn’t resist this lovely patch of western starflower (#4), as it made a welcome change from trying to get a single flower in focus!
In the final photograph (#6), I captured a puddle at UBC covered in yellow pine pollen after a recent downpour. That in itself was of sufficient interest to me to take its picture, but I also like the fact that the puddle has a quartet of pine cones that complete the story of how pines come to be.
That leaves the most colourful of the set, the third photo showing a photogenic combination of Nootka rose, Saskatoon berry, and honeysuckle. the colours and the arrangement of the flowers was perfectly set up, and right next to the trail. All I had to do was notice them.