Wednesday, 17 August 2011

On the Path -- August 16th, 2011

Not much new to see these days... it's the summer doldrums as far as plant life is concerned. Most of the wildflowers that we're going to see this year have already come & gone. Lots of leaves are looking tattered and worn, insects having feasted on many of them.

I did take a few shots anyway but it was late in the day and the light was fading fast.

The Poison Ivy patch is still going strong. The city cut down all the growth close to the path so it's a mix of tall, older plants and some new smaller ones.

The meadow at the top of the path isn't nearly as colourful as it was but there's lots of the Birdsfoot Trefoil to give it some colour at least.

More & more of the Queen Anne's Lace is in the "bird's nest" stage.

I normally see more & more of these snails as fall approaches.

I've always found it interesting that the leaves of the Coltsfoot are so large and that they last so long. Coltsfoot are so small and yet their leaves are so large ... unlike their Dandelion cousins.

The Dog-Strangling Vine pods are out in big numbers now. They'll be opening and showing their fluffy seeds before long, much like the Milkweed.

Milkweed is one of my favourites, at least when the pods open and their fluffy seeds spill out of the pod but still cling to it. I've taken way too many shots of it in the past. :-)

There was a beautiful, soft light on this tree, light you only see late in the day, or maybe early in the day. Not being a morning person, I'm much more likely to see it later in the day. :-)

- fini -



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