Nature Notes

June 30, 2010

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Filed under: Flowers,Long Point — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

The Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, is one of North America’s most common flowers. It comes in four varieties and the image above is of the nominate subspecies, R. h. hirta found in the northeast. This was an unusually large clump of flowers from an abandoned field near Long Point, Ontario. I expect it was comfortable with the sandy soil found there.

It is also the source of a number of garden varieties of flowers, as it makes a nice long lasting display.


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June 29, 2010

Eastern Fox Snake, Elaphe gloydi

Filed under: Animals,Conservation,Ontario — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Eastern Fox Snake,Elaphe gloydi

Eastern Fox Snake,Elaphe gloydi

The Eastern Fox Snake,Elaphe gloydi, has a very restricted range near the Great Lakes Huron and Erie, and found in Ontario in Canada and Ohio and Michigan in the U.S. Even in this range it is uncommon. It is said to be fairly docile, biting only if handled. Here in Ontario it is listed as Threatened and protected under the Species at Risk Act.

Eastern Fox Snake,Elaphe gloydi

Eastern Fox Snake,Elaphe gloydi

They are yellowish brown with dark blotches and have a coppery colored head. They are quite large, from three to five feet when fully grown.


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June 28, 2010

Day Lilies

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Wood Liliy, Lilium philadelphicum

I had mistaken this for Wood Lilies, Lilium philadelphicum, but apparently they are escaped Day Lilies, Hemerocalus fulva. My thanks to those who corrected this.

Wood Liliy, Lilium philadelphicum


 

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June 17, 2010

Cows in the center of Toronto

Filed under: Cityscape,Toronto — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Toronto cows

Toronto cows

Another shot of Toronto on an early Sunday morning. This herd of metal cows permanently grazes in the canyons of the bank buildings.


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June 10, 2010

Panama Street Scene

Filed under: Cityscape,HDR,Panama — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Panama Street Scene

Panama Street Scene

Over the top? Yes, I admit it but sometimes its fun to just play with the color and graphics of an image.


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June 7, 2010

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