Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May 1/Nature Notes

Wildflowers in a local deciduous forest

The local forests so lovely this time of year. So many wildflowers are in bloom!

Largest square: a red admiral butterfly sitting on a trillium bud. Did you know that red admirals migrate? They do and they are back, at least a few are. This week we spotted them in two different woods, one in East Gwillimbury and the other just south of the town line.

Moving clockwise: bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis),  trout lily (Erythronium americanum), barren strawberry (Waldsteinia fragaroides), early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum) and squirrel corn (Dicentra canadensis).

FYI: I include botanical names because so many common names refer to different plants.

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25 comments:

Jill said...

Oh my gosh! This is a stunning collage!

Cezar and Léia said...

The butterfly is magnificent and you are skilled at photography, your collage is wonderful!
Happy May Day!
Léia

Amila Kanchana said...

That's one crazy butterfly, beautiful!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I'm really loving your butterfly shot!

Lowell said...

Very nice. And I'm encouraged by your use of botanical names. I can hardly remember my own name most of the time!

Love the butterfly!

A Garden of Threads said...

I have all those flowering in my woodland garden, even the butterfly, lol. Hope you enjoy your day and take care.

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Interesting collage of woodland flowers. I am wondering if you can recommend a book that enables one to identify the names of flowers (not just woodland)? I, too, like to photograph flowers but often do not know their names!

Kathy said...

This is a beautiful collage!

Jenn Jilks said...

I love your collage! Sapsuckers are a hoot.
We have a new critter, named Fred! http://bit.ly/JL1qo4

Sandra said...

furry beautiful butterfly. we don't have those down here

Ann said...

You are so good in knowing these names. I wish there is a way to find the names.

Lois Evensen said...

So pretty!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Nice selection. Did not know the Admirals migrated. Thanks.

TexWisGirl said...

so pretty.

Kerri said...

I saw HUNDREDS of Red Admirals over the weekend - so I guess they hit my part of town on Saturday and Sunday!

Beautiful captures!

Leora said...

I really like the trout lily (great name, too). Lots of subtle colors here.

La Principessa Errante said...

Stunning, absolutely stunning - Happy May Day!

Janie said...

They're all beautiful. I love seeing the blooms from your part of the world.

NixBlog said...

How delightful these captures are. There is something ingenuous and simply beautiful about wildflowers that is often lacking int eh garden varieties...

Small City Scenes said...

Love the collage. It is beautiful. It looks like your Spring is more advanced than ours. The soil is so cold it seems nothing wants to grow. The high is 47F--brrr. MB

Carver said...

Wonderful nature collage. That's fantastic that the admiral butterfly is back. While you are starting spring, May has arrived with heat more typical to June or July in my part of the world. I'm jealous.

Rambling Woods said...

and if these red admirals could talk, what a trip they had. I saw many before the cold days and now I am only seeing a few..I love learning the flower names...Michelle

Libby Rodriguez said...

Love your wildflowers and butterfly!! I like how you arranged them too. They look like they belong together. :)

Nature Rambles said...

Such a beautiful collage. Loved the flowers and the butterfly is stunning!!

eileeninmd said...

The red admiral is pretty and I love all the beautiful flowers. Lovely mosaic.

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