Rogers Reservoir Conservation Area, East Gwillimbury
This conservation area is popular with birders, hikers, cyclists, and cross-country skiers. Oh Yeah! And people with cameras. The big square features a seed pod of wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata) . Yes, those are spikes.
Moving clockwise: parachutes flying off a mature and dried bull thistle (Cirsium arvense), flowering goldenrod (Solidago), a mature thistle head that is almost ready to release it's seeds, flowering New England aster (symphyotrichum novae-angliae) and butter-and-eggs (Linaria vulgaris).
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What a great seed pod. Can they be dried? Would be interesting in a dried arrangement or even just sitting somewhere.
This Rogers Reservoir Area is a paradise for people who love nature and sports, your pictures are wonderful!I'm impressed by the green England aster, the scientific name is so complicate! ;)
I've never gone to Rogers Reservoir, must look it up on the map one day. I'm always looking for new places to walk the grand-dog when I have her for the weekend. I usually go to the Eldon King Tract.... we head off the muddy way so she can wallow in the mud, then she swims in the pond and cleans up a bit, then we head home the dry way!
I mean Eldred King, not Eldon.
I should be familiar with his name as he was our mayor for years.
I'll be looking for the spiked thingy.
Wonderful photos of unusual plants- well done. I love seeing new plants and plants from creative angles. Thanks for sharing Johnina :^A
Excellent pics as always, EG.
In fact the close-ups are incredible.
I'm still not 100% happy with this Canon so as soon as I save up enough shekels i will graduate to the Rebel. Any advice? Maybe?
The wild cucumber is particularly cool! Never seen one of those before your photo!
This is a another wonderful mosaic. I can understand why Rogers Reservoir is popular with people with cameras.
Fabulous and fun to look at. Nature is so amazing!
An English Girl Rambles
Those pictures belong in a nature book.
Spiny things and fuzzy things
Brightly colored curlicues
Just to bring a bit of joy
To those who suffer from the blues.
I always enjoy your nature notes so much. I've taken too long to pick cucumbers and had them get huge and have little bumps that were almost like spikes but I've never seen anything like the wild cucumber pod before.
Lovely images of intgeresting plants. I think I'll skip the cucumber though. ARe they edible?
So much to see!
I have yet to take a photo of thistle for the year..and I usually cannot resist them. Something must be wrong with me. I guess I will just enjoy yours.
I do like the texture of the seed pod.
beautiful! I love nature walks!
Makes me want to go for a walk in the woods.
What a wonderful collection and beautiful collage!
Wonderful collage, interesting cucumber. When you visited you asked about a plant I posted. Unfortunately I don't know what kind of plant it is except to say I found it last year as well in the garden near the pumpkins and sunflowers.
Love the shot of the wild cucumber. Another great collage.
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