Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rogers Reservoir/ Nature Notes

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).

For more Nature Notes,  please visit Michelle at Rambling Woods by clicking  HERE.

23 comments:

see you there! said...

What a great seed pod. Can they be dried? Would be interesting in a dried arrangement or even just sitting somewhere.

Darla

Cezar and Léia said...

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! ;)
hugs
Léia

PHOTO RIAU said...

nice photo

Shammickite said...

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!

Shammickite said...

I mean Eldred King, not Eldon.
I should be familiar with his name as he was our mayor for years.

B SQUARED said...

I'll be looking for the spiked thingy.

young-eclectic-encounters said...

Wonderful photos of unusual plants- well done. I love seeing new plants and plants from creative angles. Thanks for sharing Johnina :^A

Small City Scenes said...

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?

MB

Leif Hagen said...

The wild cucumber is particularly cool! Never seen one of those before your photo!

George said...

This is a another wonderful mosaic. I can understand why Rogers Reservoir is popular with people with cameras.

Denise said...

Fabulous and fun to look at. Nature is so amazing!
An English Girl Rambles

Nessa said...

Those pictures belong in a nature book.

Jacob said...

Spiny things and fuzzy things
Brightly colored curlicues
Just to bring a bit of joy
To those who suffer from the blues.

Carver said...

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.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Lovely images of intgeresting plants. I think I'll skip the cucumber though. ARe they edible?

Rebecca said...

So much to see!

Rose said...

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.

Farmchick said...

I do like the texture of the seed pod.

Honey Mommy said...

beautiful! I love nature walks!

Jarart said...

Makes me want to go for a walk in the woods.

Paulie said...

What a wonderful collection and beautiful collage!

Squirrel said...

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.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Love the shot of the wild cucumber. Another great collage.

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