Bower Trails, July 26

A full summer day in Bower Woods. Bright sun, and many folks taking advantage of it. Parents with kids, couples young and old, joggers and bikers, elders with powered scooters, and kids with aluminum folding ones, teens on skate-boards, and twenty-somes  with in-line skates- the works.

However I think my day at Coyote Creek rather took the bloom off the day for me.  I was acutely aware of the fact that for all the green growth this was a rather “disturbed” environment basically given over to opportunistic invasive plants.

The mosquitoes were back in full force, but also, for the first time this summer, brushing through the taller grass disturbed many small and unobtrusive butterflies that fluttered up and then disappeared again with wings folded.

There were many Police Car Moths (gnophaela latipennis) around.  In the States they are also called Forget-me-not-moths. I saw them feeding on a total of four different  bold invasive weeds.

One clutch of bright red- I assume poisonous Baneberry berries gleamed in the undergrowth.

A couple of pluses though.  Like this lovely unassertive flower that grows face down.  It took maneuvering from below to see it’s face.

and, yes I intend to go out and pick a first ice cream pailful of Saskatoons tomorrow.  Some patches won’t be ready until the weekend or later but some are interesting now.


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