Thursday, July 10, 2014

Heart-leaved Alexanders

Heart-leaved Alexanders. That's a new prairie wildflower for me — and if I didn't have my flower guides, I might wonder if these tiny yellow composite flowers were instead perhaps related to dill weed or even a kind of goldenrod.

Flowerhead of Heart-leaved Alexanders   © SB 

I don't know why there is an s at the end of the name... Alexanders... Perhaps if I knew Latin it would make sense?

And yes, I do know that the name for this yellow prairie wildflower is all about the leaves, not the flowers — but the lower leaves of this plant were so-deep in the Saskatchewan mosquito zone that I opted to disturb neither flora nor fauna for a close-up.


Prairie Wildflower: Heart-leaved Alexanders
Location: Muenster, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Dates: July 7, 2014.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Western Red Lily

Today, the Western Red Lily. On the site of the first mass in the Muenster, Saskatchewan, area — and over the fence by the roadside — there is a small patch of native prairie bright with wild flowers. Hidden from a distance by the rest of the vibrant early July growth, blooms a single cluster of deep orange lilies.

Western Red Lily   © SB

(Though perhaps it's still early in the year, and more Western Red Lilies may perhaps soon appear...)

And the date on the plaque for the first mass? 1903.

Shrine at the site of the first Muenster mass.

Prairie Wildflower: Western Red Lily
Location: Muenster, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Dates: July 8, 2014. 



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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Blue-eyed Grass - Prairie Wildflower

Early morning, and in the grass along the path I saw blue flowers — Blue-eyed Grass. And I wondered at the eyes of the flowers, bright yellow rimmed with magenta, but perhaps Yellow-eyed-Blue-eyed Grass would be too long a name...

I couldn't find these bright blue, star-shaped flowers later in the day. Is this prairie plant a morning bloomer, or did someone walk across the sodden grass and step on it?

Blue-eyed Grass, found along the pathway at the Abbey.   © SB

Prairie Wildflower: Blue-eyed Grass
Location: Muenster, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Dates: July 5, 2014.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Early Blue Violets

Tiny violets are peeking out beneath the grass on the mown paths through the Condie Nature Refuge, north of Regina, Saskatchewan. I think these are Early Blue Violets, though with the wind, wood ticks and these flowers' very tiny size — only a few millimetres wide — it was a little tough to ID them today.

Perhaps when I go back, a few will still be in bloom.

Till then, a shot of one minuscule blue-purple flower, likely an Early Blue Violet.

Early Blue Violet in the wind... © SB

Prairie Wildflower: Early Bue Violet 

Location: Condie Nature Refuge, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Dates: May 30, 2014. 

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Golden Bean - Early Yellow Prairie Wildflower

Golden Bean, aka Buffalo Bean among other names, is a vibrant yellow prairie wildflower that blooms in May. At least, it's now the end of May, and there are now dozens of Golden Bean plants in full bloom at the Condie Nature Refuge, north of Regina, SK.

It's also the season for wood ticks at Condie, and each time I stood after kneeling to take a picture of these low yellow flowers, I picked one or two ticks off my very light (tucked into socks) jeans! So far so good — I seem to have left them all in the field... But the experience has somewhat dampened my enthusiasm for close-to-the-ground shooting! (At least, for the rest of today...)

Golden Bean - something larger than a tick seems to have taken a bite
from the flower at right.   © SB

Prairie Wildflower: Golden Bean (sometimes called Buffalo Bean, aka Thermopsis rhombifolia)

Location: Condie Nature Refuge, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Dates: May 30, 2014. 

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

More Prairie Crocuses on the Hillside

 A cluster of Prairie Crocuses near Regina, Saskatchewan.

 A cluster of Prairie Crocuses 

Prairie Wildflower: Prairie Crocus 
Location: Near Regina, Saskatchewan,  Canada.  
Photo Date: May 11, 2014. 
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Prairie Crocuses are Back! Near Regina, SK

Spring 2014 has arrived, with Prairie Crocuses starting to bloom on unbroken land near Regina, Saskatchewan. Time to brave wood ticks to take more flower photographs.

Prairie Crocus bud.   © SB

Prairie Wildflower: Prairie Crocus 
Location: Near Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. 
Photo Date: May 6, 2014. 

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pale Pink Wild Rose with Ochre Centre, near Regina

Petals of soft white and pale pink frame the deep ochre centre of this Prickly Rose.

Prickly Rose.   © SB
I'm intrigued by how different the earlier close-up looked, as if it were a different flower, a tactile, creepy crawly thing... not even a different kind of rose... not at all a zoomed-in version of this Prickly Rose. (Which of course, it was.)


Prairie Wildflower: Prickly Rose, or Wild Rose
Location: Near Regina, Saskatchewan,  Canada.  (At Condie Nature Refuge) 
Photo Date: July 31, 2013.  

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Deep in a Prickly Rose, Yellow and Gold

Deep in the heart of a wild, prickly rose, a new flower of yellow and gold.

Look closely and find the intimate curves of a new yellow and gold flower © SB

The photograph of the full Prickly Rose flower will follow shortly...


Prairie Wildflower: Prickly Rose, or Wild Rose
Location: Near Regina, Saskatchewan,  Canada.  (At Condie Nature Refuge) 
Photo Date: July 31, 2013.  

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Flodman's Thistle, up-close and very pink

Almost a perfect semi-sphere of bright pink and delicate white, the flower of Flodman's Thistle is surprisingly lovely. Once you get past the rough leaves and prickles, that is.

These large thistles are common through the prairies in Saskatchewan. Look close, and see their tiny white stars.

Summer glory of a Flodman's Thistle flower. © SB 

Prairie Wildflower: Flodman's Thistle
Location: Near Regina, Saskatchewan,  Canada.  
Photo Date: August 2, 2013.  

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