Wednesday, August 18, 2010

By the Tracks/ Nature Notes

Seen near the railroad tracks in Mount Albert (East Gwillimbury)

One of my favourite places to look for photogenic bugs, butterflies and wildflowers is alongside railroad tracks. But it seems like many wildflowers here have finished flowering early this year due to the heat we've had. (Is this my imagination playing tricks on me?) A few are hanging on. Here are a few, starting with the rectangle and then moving clockwise: mixed wildflowers (Queen Anne's lace, goldenrod, purple loosestrife and cattails), goldenrod (Solidago - but I have no clue as to which one), chicory (Chichorium intybus), spotted knotweed (Centaurea maculosa) and widow skimmer dragonfly.

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24 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Another special day, happy day indeed with this beautiful post, lovely wildflowers and butterflies, who would want more?
Cute!
Hugs
Léia

jewwishes said...

What beautiful nature photos, each one a beauty.

Rob said...

Lovely flowers, a nice surprise with the dragonfly.

Judy said...

It seems like all the flowers have been early this year - the peonies finished before my birthday, the goldenrod was blooming late in July - I hope this does not mean the winter will also be early...

George said...

I don't think it's your imagination -- we've noticed fewer flowers for this time of the year as well. But I'm glad these hung around (with the dragonfly) for you to include in your mosaic.

Leif Hagen said...

A lovely bouquet of flowers! Beautiful!

Paulie said...

And here, fewer butterflies , , , sigh Thanks for sharing your beautiful specimens with us!

cieldequimper said...

Ah... I can't see today's photograph(s) but I love yesterday's.

Shammickite said...

Yes, everything was early this year and over quickly because of the heat. I have an ancient apple tree that produces early apples every August.... but this year they were even earlier and most of them had dropped on the ground and were brown and squishy by the middle of july. I love your wild flower pictures.

Lindy MacDuff said...

Such pretty wildflowers. Thank you for identifying them; now I can recognize some of ours here by the roadside.

Rambling Round said...

Love that goldenrod. We're a few weeks away from seeing it bloom here.

see you there! said...

I can't see today's photo either. Just a long thin line.

Darla

Carol said...

A beautiful collage. Everything does seem earlier this year with the heat and humidity. That dragonfly shows off nicely in the last shot. (BTW my photo was from Cape Ann)

April said...

Lovely finds! Beautiful dragonfly!

T. Becque said...

Shoot, the photos won't open for me. I would love to see what's by the tracks too!

Melissa B. said...

Quite lovely. Bravo!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great collage. I haven't done many flowers lately so I appreciate these.

Lew said...

Beautiful flowers and an interesting dragonfly! Dog days of 2010 are not yet over. We are within 3 days of the record of 56 days over 90 F and 2 more are rpedicted for this weekend.

Small City Scenes said...

I cannot get a picture to come up. I am sure the flowers are gorgeous.
But WHY!! I ask. MB

Francisca said...

You do such lovely mosaics, EG...

Carver said...

Wonderful selection of wildflowers and that dragonfly is one I see in my garden. I find that rain has a lot to do with how soon flowers go to seed. Although queen anne's lace is long gone here, other flowers which often go to seed earlier from heat are still doing well in flower since we've had a lot of rain.

SandyCarlson said...

These flowers are really beautiful. I love the way you present your photos.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Beautiful nature collage. Our summer has been extremely hot and I think it has taken a toll on the flowers.

Rambling Woods said...

It does seem that the season is speeding up due to the heat..we have been on a mission to remove all the purple loosestrife from around the pond..it is such an invasive, but so pretty....

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