Floodplain food and friends

10 Apr

Here are a few photos from a walk  along a river floodplain this weekend. These are vibrant areas even in the early northern spring and I really enjoy the energy flowing in these spots, always lots of activity, and small animal dens.

Ostrich fern fertile frond

baby Ostrich fern fiddleheads

Goldenrod insect galls

In the bottom central area is an Evening primrose stem with opened seed capsules and in the background plenty of wild cucumber vines.

young Red-belt polypore

Staghorn sumac

Not 100% sure what this plant is? It is pretty though. Not far from here I seen a Mallard swimming beside a pair of Canada geese, as I moved closer to the group it became obvious three is company four was a crowd as the geese got quite cranky at me, so I moved on without taking a picture.

With my camera I won’t get many wildlife photos, plants, trees and fungus are more my speed thought occasional a creature may approach me or as in this case a groundhog allowed me to come within 60 ft before he retreated down under. ciao for now


8 Responses to “Floodplain food and friends”

  1. Jeremy April 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Thanks again for a great post. Looks like you were able to see a lot and had a good time in the woods.

    • 1left April 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

      Thanks Jeremy, it was pleasant and I’ll play on your words a bit and call that adventure which only lasted a few hours a good timeless for all the senses.

  2. Being Julz April 10, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    Cool fern! I like its coloring.

    • 1left April 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

      I agree the ostrich fern’s fertile frond is quite striking to see and a great indicator there will be some nice green fiddleheads mostly covered by straw down below the frond during the month of May in Canada and the
      northern USA.

  3. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words April 11, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    you had a great walk..!
    and I have gees, one is a Canadian Goose, shwoed up to help me weed nd now I have a family of 11 …yes I give them space, especially Pops, he is not often a good mood thee days…
    Thanks for these great photos….I like the one you don’t know the name..
    looks like a Lichen of some kind?
    or at first I thought it was what I call peacock fern…
    I like it whatever it is…
    Thanks again!

    Take Care…

    • 1left April 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

      Thanks maryrose, I’ll likely go back and identify that plant in a couple months, by the way I have entered a contact page above with an email address, so if you have any wild plants or mushrooms photos you would like ID’ed send them to me and I’ll check them for you.

  4. Christine April 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    I learned about the insects that lay their eggs in the goldenrods a few months ago — they’re gall flies and they certainly have an interesting life history!
    I just googled it again and found this little website: http://ed.fnal.gov/entry_exhibits/insect/goldenrod.html

    I think it’s so interesting that the gall fly larva makes an ‘exit tunnel’ in the fall that it will break out of in the spring!

    • 1left April 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

      Thanks Christine for the interesting info, I find their little homes for that part of there life cycle fascinating and extremely cozy through the winter. I didn’t realize the adult stage only last a couple weeks, the constant physical changing of things amazes me always.

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