Photographs of the watershed, open for submissions.
Please send your photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org along with any information you would like attached [i.e. the plant/s or animal/s or location definitions, and your name if you would like it included].
21st June 2017: private property pond on Meadowbrook Road
28th April 2017: Garry oak meadow with Shooting stars
27th April 2017: Calypso bulbosa [Fairy slipper orchid] private property Kerryview Hill
12th April 2017: Lysichiton americanus [Western skunk cabbage] private property Kerryview Hill
10th June 2017: Digitalis [Foxglove] private property off Prospect Lake Road
10th April 2017 – Erythronium [ Fawn lilies] on property neighbouring Whitehead Park
Song Sparrow behind the Red Barn: 9th April 2017
Philippa Lake [previously known as Little Maltby]: 26th March 2017
Trillium on Walking Trail between Stevens Road and Echo Road: 25th March 2017
Goward Road: 12th March 2017
Kiowa Place: 10th April 2017
Man, dog and Heron in the snow at Tod Creek, Whitehead Park: 27th Feb 2017.
Viaduct Flats, accessed off Interurban, offers a bird viewing platform with a telescope. Photos: Feb 18th 2017.
Snow in Whitehead Park: Feb 2017.
20th Jan: Farmers field from Brookleigh Road, near the corner of Oldfield Rd.
Jan 14th: Tod Flats, from behind the Red Barn.
Jan 11th: Ragbag Lichen, attached to Garry oak tree.
Jan 5th, 2017: Whitehead Park, looking across Prospect Lake.
Jan 1st, 2017: Tod Flats, from Kiowa Road, looking toward the Red Barn.
June 3, 2017.
Monotropa uniflora, also known as the ghost plant, Indian pipe, or corpse plant. See the last photo here for the dialogue regarding ‘saprophyte’ versus ‘parasite’ designation and why there was a change in this status within the last few years.
Photographed on Prospect Lake private property, July 2017.
This plant is white as it does not contain chlorophyll; considered parasitic because it doesn’t get energy from the sun, but from hosts which are a type of fungi, which in turn are in a symbiotic relationship with photosynthetic trees, therefore it can grow in very dark environments [i.e. the understory of dense forest]. Until recently, Indian Pipe was considered a saprophyte (meaning it lives on dead plant material recycling the nutrients) not a parasite (meaning something that lives on living material, plant or animal). But recent science has changed the designation: “Monotropa uniflora is, indeed a plant, but it has evolved into an entity that no longer needs chlorophyll to produce energy for itself. Instead, it steals energy from other plants—specifically from trees. It does this in a tricky, roundabout way by joining its roots with the mycelia of mushrooms that, in turn, are networking symbiotically with the roots of nearby trees. The Ghost Plant is a parasite. The mushrooms involved, are not.” http://sci-why.blogspot.ca/2015/05/the-ghost-plant-monotropa-uniflora.html