A bed of lily of the valley

This is the most common habitat for wild lily of the valley in Green Timbers Park in SurreyBC.The path is just off to the right.

Bed of wild lily of the valley

It’s been my spring project to follow this plant (along with others, of course) from the first signs in spring, through to flowering. I expect we’ll get another few days of these bright white flowers, and that will be it.

I’ll be interested to see what the berries look like.

It’s been fun, and for an added bonus, here’s another shot from today. I’ve cropped heavily to see the pollen, and a pollen drop on the flowers (right side). Seems a spider has also taken up residence there in the crevices. Neat.


They’re finally flowering

Back on May 7, I noted that I’ve been waiting for the wild lily of the valley to bloom. A few had just started, but, for the most part, things had stalled on the stalk (so to speak).

Well finally! We had a really warm day yesterday, and it seems the flowers have decided it’s time. There’s little fields of wild lily of the valley along the path around the lake at Green Timbers Park. Yay!

They are still hard to photograph, due to all the ‘creaminess’, but today there seemed to be a better light, which produced a few more defining shadows. They’re sure delicate little things.

Lily of the valley

Apple flowers

On the north end of Green Timbers Lake, there is what I believe is a crabapple tree. It’s all by itself, almost crowded out by tall mahonia and IIRC a cottonwood tree. I think there’s some Ribes in the little clump of vegetation as well.

It’s kind of an odd, random collection of plants along the lakeshore, most of which is probably the result of  passing birds and time.

Apple blossom

Blooming from the bottom up

I’ve been waiting for about a month for the wild lily of the valley to bloom in the park. It’s finally starting now.

In the photo, if you look closely on the lower right, you can see a small drop coming off one of the anthers. I’ll assume that it’s a pollen drop, and that it has some kind of odour to attract pollenating bugs.

For some reason, I’m finding it hard to get a good, clear, detailed shot. All that busyness and white just kind of blends together.

I’ll keep trying though. There is one little ‘lily grove’ that’s on top of a stump. When that flowers, it will be a eye level and not ankle level like most of the rest, and I should be able to zoom in closer and steadier. Call me lazy, but that’s easier than using a rubber mat to lie down in the mud. But, perhaps if we get a few dry days….;-)

Pollen drop

Ring-necked duck

Male ring-necked duck

Here in the lower mainland around Vancouver, we live on the migration route for a number of bird species. Having a lake in a park sometimes helps to lure them in.

A pair of ring-necked ducks showed up on Green Timbers Lake this week. (Well, at least I haven’t seen them on the lake before.) They are freshwater divers and apparently this area is about the northern extent of winter habitat. The top photo would be the male and the photo below would be the female.

I guess time will tell as to whether they’ll move in with the resident mallard ducks and stay all year.

Female ring-necked duck

So green

Those were the words that came to mind, as I started out on a walk today: “Wow, it’s just so green.”

After a couple of days of fairly steady spring rain, it was great to get out this morning. The rain had just stopped, and the water was still dropping off the trees on the path to Green Timbers Lake. In some places I actually needed a hood to keep dry.

Wet. But, I guess that’s why they call our area “the wet coast’, isn’t it. It’s also what keeps us so green, so we can’t complain.

The air was fairly warm, the light was perfect for photography and most folks were still just thinking about getting out. Perfect.

Spring green