I’m used to seeing field sow thistles as summer wildflowers. They grow tall and spindly and look kind of like dandelions on steroids. I wasn’t sure what this was when I saw it – low to the ground, with gorgeous magenta foliage. Fortunately, we were on one of Miles Hearn’s excellent nature walks, and Miles assured me this was a sow thistle.
This lovely wildflower is called Knapweed. It’s quite common in our area. I took this shot in the Hydro corridor meadow area of Rouge Urban National Park, where Knapweed grows near the path. I wonder if any Knapiks had anything to do with the naming… Read More
Here are some flowers I saw on a recent trip to a forest north of the city, along with my guesses as to what they are. Are you familiar with any of these? Please correct my guesses if you know I’m off-base. I’m pretty sure… Read More
Today I met up with my friends Robin and Jamie for a walk in the woods looking for oyster mushrooms. Oysters almost always fruit right around this time, but this year with the long drawn-out winter, some things are late. We found a couple trees… Read More