Sunday, June 12, 2011

Wild Flowers of The Vermilon River. A Post to my World Tuesday.

Dame's Rocket.

My World Tuesday is a favourite as it lets me totally chose the post entries, so I'm choosing wildflowers in keeping with the blog's purpose to show our little part of a N. Ontario wilderness.

In a recent post, one of the commenters mentioned my sudden interest in flowers. It's not really a sudden interest , but I photograph them as they become available. They are all wild flowers and in some cases are actually referred to as weeds,but have limited lives as the flowers wain and are replaced by berries. This is a forest that one need not go hungry in, whether you're a four legged or two legged creature.

 The Dame's Rocket is just coming into flower and comes in colours that range from purple to mauve to white. It grows to about the height of an iris, but in a bushy format.

Devil's Paintbrush.

Bunch Berries.

Devil's Paintbrush is a weed in most people's estimation, but I find it adds vivid colour to the inhospitable fringe of the forest.

A post about wildflowers indicates the incredible colour of a wild forest. And allows me to display my ignorance about a great number of the wild plants.

Bunch berries are common to the forest and will eventually produce a red berry which is also edible. The small photo below is wild strawberry, which is easily differentiated from the Bunch Berry by its serrated leaves. Really sounds like I know what I'm doing doesn't it? As soon as you note the number of unknowns,you'll change your mind. By the way, several people correctly identified Vetch, full name Tufted Vetch, in my last post.

Wild Strawberry.


Wild Violets

Spur Violet.

I've shown violets in an earlier post, and included the small photo to show you the size of them now. The one on the right is I think a Spur Violet.

Wild Red Clover is also coming up now. And below is Wild Lilly-Of-The Valley or Canada Mayflower. We also have regular Lilly-Of-The Valley. But it's not up yet.

Red Clover.

Wild Lilly-Of-The Valley

Wild Lilly-of-The Valley.

Wild Rose??

 I put in the small photo to show how prolific Canada Mayflower is.

I don't know if this is wild Rose, or not but it's in flower and is throughout the woods. The stem is prickly.

I don't know what the small white flowers below are either.

Wild Rose??


Yellow Water Lilies.

Yellow Water Lilies are just starting to come out.

Close up Yellow Lilies.



Well now the cat's out of the bag. I don't know what these are either.

But the one below comes in white and mauve unknown.


Same Unknown


Pin Cherries.



This is a completely new one and as you can see it has a small light pink flower. The tree cones are showing how well the trees are doing with the rain.

Tree Growth.

Rock Face


The scenes are showing, both the lushness of the forest and a rock face on a lake above Mystic Lake. The falls carries water under a road into another wetland that I have never posted before.

White-throated Sparrow.

This little lady kept me company while I photographed a lot of the flowers and gave me time to change my lens to get some close ups of her. I, of course, promised to make her famous and here she is.

A Post to My World Tuesday.


  1. Beautiful wildflowers, I really like the colors on the first two photos. Wonderful photos from Ontario! Have a great week!

  2. thanks for id-ing the devil's paintbrush. in my Wisconsin youth, we called them indian paintbrushes, but when i moved to Texas, the indian paintbrush was TOTALLY different. so i'm glad to see the one i grew up with and to know it's real name...

    i really used to know that one unknown you showed right after the wild rose - the white one with kind of an airy look. but for the life of me i can't remember it... old age...


  3. I love this post showing your forest flora.Our Dames Rocket comes in the same colors & are almost done blooming here now.
    I believe the one photo is the honeysuckle vine,white & yellow.We used to pull out the centers & sip out the sweet necter when we were kids...well,sometimes I still do it,have to teach the next generation,in all fairness so they know...that one plant looks like the wild rose.I was dumb enough to plant a bunch near me & they grow like weeds into the biggest trees almost.My goats have been taking care of that situation for me though,lol,phyllis

  4. So many lovely flowers!

  5. Beautiful flowers - I recognize many of them:)

  6. Wonderful post! Like the Bunch Berries very much.
    Happy week to you!

  7. I love the many flowers that bloom in Northern Ontario, Gary.

  8. Terrific captures, interesting post, gorgeous flowers and a wonderful look at your world, Gary! Hope you and Boom have a great week! Enjoy!


  9. Beautiful flowers! I love the orange ones.

  10. the wildflower season is the best time to go out with your camera. glad you did.

  11. What a wonderful post, Gary, and your little companion is so cute.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  12. Beautiful and colorful wild flowers. Love the variety.

  13. Wow Great variety of wildflowers, I can try and get my daughter who is an Ecologist to name the ones you were not familiar with for you....if I can track her down....she's so busy this time of year!!!!

  14. I really enjoyed your wildflowers. It is nice to see the WT Sparrow. I have them in winter.

  15. I love wild flowers. They bloom quietly but proudly. This lovely tour is soothing to my soul. Thank you for sharing. Have a great week!