August in the wetlands
East Gwillimbury is part of the watershed that drains into Lake Simcoe. Plus a good-sized portion of the town is on the Oak Ridges Moraine, an ecologically sensitive area that's important for cleaning water, improving air quality and maintaining wildlife
In the largest square: an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - or as I have recently seen called, Canadian Tiger Swallowtail - so there must be some regional differences. The swallowtail is feasting on the nectar of Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) and refused to stay still for me to take a proper photo. Sheesh!
Working clockwise: the first of the season's goldenrod (Solidago spp.), purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), a stand of Joe-Pye weed, thistledown (Cirsium arvense) and Harrison Creek, which runs through this area.
Please note that I include the botanical names because they remain the same around the world but the common names vary.
Wetlands around Harrison Creek
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