Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 08/30/2016

Photo taken on July 23, 2015

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SW of Calgary
Anne Elliott
Rose family
Yellow Avens
Geum aleppicum
Geum strictum
W of Millarville
Darryl Teskey's property
23 July 2015
Darryl and Ailsa

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Yellow Avens / Geum aleppicum

Yellow Avens / Geum aleppicum
When I was taking this photo, I didn't notice the tiny Crab Spider hiding and waiting for its next unsuspecting prey. These Spiders are able to change colour to match the flower they are on.

On 23 July 2015, five of us spent the day botanizing
the land belonging to Darryl Teskey, SW of Calgary and W of Millarville (maybe a 40-minute drive from Calgary). This was the first time I had been there and I'm so glad I was invited to go - I would have missed all sorts of things, including a family of Ruffed Grouse and several fungi. These Grouse were the rare rufous-morph, and we startled them when we were walking through the forest in their direction. Usually, you don't see Grouse because they are so well-hidden. When you get fairly close (sometimes very close) to them, they suddenly "explode" from the tangle of shrubs and plants of the forest floor, making ones heart beat fast! We were taken by surprise when we came across a nearby statue of Saint Francis of Assisi, who is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment. A nice idea, I thought.

Our walk took us over grassland and through forest, many places treacherous with so many fallen logs which were often barely visible. I have never, ever seen so many tiny Skipper butterflies - there must have been hundreds or even thousands of these bright orange beauties that were flying or perched on flowers of every colour.

Fortunately, the rain stayed away until we started driving back to Calgary. Quite a lot of black clouds, reminding me of the tornado that passed over Calgary just the day before (22 July 2015).

Our purpose, as always, was to find and list everything that we saw - wildflowers, trees, grasses, birds, insects, fungi, etc.. Our leader then compiles an extensive list of our finds and this is later sent to the landowner, along with any photos that we might take. Always a win/win situation, as the landowner then has a much better idea of just what is on his property, and we have a most enjoyable day.