Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 04/06/2015


Photo taken on July 14, 2014


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Purple Avens

Purple Avens
Monday, 14 July 2014, was another hot day, and my computer room became unbearably uncomfortable. That meant only one thing - I would have to drive around in my car for some air-conditioning. Spent about four hours cruising the backroads SW of the city, not seeing a whole lot. Went as far as Brown-Lowery Provincial Park, with the intention of doing just a very short walk into the forest. Didn't get that far, though, as there were things to photograph around the edge of the tiny parking lot and just part way along the path that leads to the two short boardwalks.

The first thing I saw and heard was a Tennessee Warbler and when I reached it, discovered that there were now several young ones, too. Talk about friendly little birds - not sure that they didn't think I was going to feed them. Interesting to see birds that acted rather like the Black-capped Chickadees - just as fast-moving, too, making it difficult to get even a half-decent photo.

A few steps further and I came across several of these Purple Avens flowers. This is as far as the Purple Avens flower opens. An unusual flower and really, quite beautiful. Love it when they start sprouting unruly seed hairs : ) Taken on 14 July 2014, at Brown-Lowery Provincial Park, SW of Calgary.

"Geum rivale, the water avens, is a flowering plant of the family Rosaceae. Other names for the plant are nodding avens, drooping avens, cure-all, water flower and indian chocolate. It is native to much of Europe, with the exception of Mediterranean areas, as well as some parts of Central Asia and North America. In North America, it is known as purple avens. It grows in bogs and damp meadows, and produces nodding red flowers from May to September." From Wikipedia.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_rivale

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