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.  


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.  


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.  


Friday, August 9, 2013

Meadow Blazingstar: Clusters of Pink Wildflower Stars

Today, a picture of Meadow Blazingstar, a prairie wildflower I found growing at Condie Nature Refuge, near Regina, Saskatchewan. Its deep pinkish purple colour is similar to Dotted Blazingstar, but the flowers are fewer per stalk — and much more dramatic.

Meadow Blazingstar.   © SB

Prairie Wildflower: Meadow Blazingstar (Liatris ligulistylis)
Location: Near Regina, Saskatchewan,  Canada.  
Photo Date: August 2, 2013.  


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Silverleaf Psoralea: Blue Flowers on Silver Stalks

Tiny deep blue Silverleaf Psoralea flowers are among the most dramatic prairie wildflowers, especially when plants are massed together in a silver haze.

Beautifully, amazingly, the flowers really are blue. Well, with a purplish tinge, perhaps, but primarily a lovely deep, dark blue. Silverleaf Psoralea flowers are also less than one eighth of an inch long, so the silver leaves are the best guide to locating this native plant.

Blue, blue, blue: Silverleaf Psoralea flowers. © SB 

Silverleaf Psoralea plant. © SB 

Prairie Wildflower: Silverleaf Psoralea   
Photo Location: Condie Nature Refuge (near Regina), Saskatchewan

Photo Date: July 31, 2013


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Purple Prairie Clover: Crimson and Yellow Florets

Close-up of Purple Prairie Clover flowers
at the Condie Nature Refuge, near Regina, SK    © SB
After their yellow seasonal start, prairie wildflowers are moving into bright waves of pinks and purples.

Examples include the Purple Prairie Clover that's now in bloom, along with Dotted Blazingstars, Asters and Fleabane.

Prairie Clover is a sprawling, semi-prostrate plant that shoots out red-stalked flower spikes close to the ground.

Vance/Jowsey says the flowers are most often seen at the base of the spike, with a bare spot above. Purple Prairie Clover flowers are numerous and densely packed, with dark rose and purple shades; they grow on hillsides, road edges and uncultivated land.

(And, like many wildflowers, Purple Prairie Clover flowers are small... The spikes average about half an inch to one inch, with the individual flowers less than one eighth of an inch long.)

Purple Prairie Clover flower stalk
at the Condie Nature Refuge, near Regina, SK    © SB

Prairie Wildflower: Purple Prairie Clover   
Photo Location: Condie Nature Refuge (near Regina), Saskatchewan

Photo Date: July 31, 2013


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dotted Blazingstar: Purple Prairie Wild Flower

At the top of Mount Carmel, Saskatchewan, there is a small unmown patch of native plants and grasses. And in this patch, spikes of deep rosy purple Dotted Blazingstars bloom.

Bright purple flowers on a dry hill. © SB

Close-up of a spike of Dotted Blazingstar © SB

Another close-up of Dotted Blazingstar florets,
this time from the Cypress Hills. 
© SB

Prairie Wildflower: Dotted Blazingstar   
Photo Location: Cypress Hills and Mount Carmel Shrine, Saskatchewan, Canada  
Photo Date: July 31, 2012, and July 24, 2013


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Philadelphia Fleabane after rain: Mount Carmel, SK

A purple prairie wildflower (purple or Philadelphia Fleabane, or Erigeron philadelphicus) reflects sunlight in water drops along the pilgrimage trail down the hill from Our Lady of Mount Carmel, near Humboldt, Saskatchewan.

Purple fleabane, after rain. Taken on a walk down from the shrine
at Mount Carmel, Saskatchewan.   © SB

Prairie Wildflower: Philadelphia Fleabane   
Photo Location: Mount Carmel Shrine, Saskatchewan, Canada  
Photo Date: July 24, 2013


Friday, July 12, 2013

Northern Bedstraw — with Mosquito

Another image from the Val Marie pasture in southern Saskatchewan: Northern Bedstraw in the rain, with one determined mosquito clinging to a tiny white blossom.

(But better that, than clinging to me!)

Although I wasn't able to smell any scent from these, Northern Bedstraw flowers  are said to be sweet... And yes, they are also said to have once been used to fill mattresses, hence the name... (during Prairie Passages tour) 

Prairie Wildflower: Northern Bedstraw
Photo Location: Val Marie Pasture, Saskatchewan, Canada  
Photo Dates: June 25, 2013


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Scarlet Mallow in the Pasture in the Rain

Scarlet Mallow. Photograph  © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Scarlet Mallow in the rain.   © SB
Yes, it's true: Wildflowers are brighter in the rain.

And this first Scarlet Mallow plant, bearing raindrops in the Val Marie Pasture, in Southern Saskatchewan, glistened a brilliant orange.

The other Scarlet Mallow flowers here, photographed in later sunshine at Grasslands National Park, were also a delight — rich fruit popsicle reds, oranges and yellows among prairie lichens and grasses.

I'm glad I don't have to pick a favourite prairie wildflower!

From the recent Prairie Passages tour alone, I photographed more than 30 different kinds of flowers, from the Yellow Umbrellaplant and Wild Blue Flax to Scarlet Mallow.

More will be posted as I work through my files — a process that takes me far longer than it should, as I get so much pleasure from looking at all of these lovely flowers, all growing so freely in Saskatchewan's pastures and other public grasslands.

Scarlet Mallow. Photograph  © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Another field, another Scarlet Mallow © SB

Scarlet Mallow. Photograph  © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Closer view of Scarlet Mallow blossoms.  © SB

Prairie Wildflower: Scarlet Mallow 
Photo Location: Val Marie Pasture and Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada
Photo Dates: June 25, 2013


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