Wildflowers and wildlife this week
In the largest square, a Delaware skipper sips nectar from a pink columbine blossom at the side of an East Gwillimbury road. The columbine - one among ten or twelve similar plants in various shades of pink - must have been garden escapees...BUT there were no gardens nearby! Wherever thay came from did not bother the Delaware skipper or its skipper pals as long as the nectar was tasty.
Starting at the bottom left and working clockwise: turtle eggs, or what's left of them. Local painted turtles are crawling out of creeks, digging holes in the gravel at the side of the road and laying eggs. Then other critters - mink, raccoons. otters, foxes and other medium-sized animals - are digging up the eggs and feasting. Turtle eggs have a huge mortality rate.
Blooming under sprinkling skies: yellow water lilies (Nymphaeae lutea), wild rose growing on a creek bank, American highbush cranberry blossom (Viburnam trilobum) beginning to fade - ALREADY! - and blue flag iris with its feet in the running water.
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