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cohan
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Back to the present!
A photo set from the woods on the edge of the farm, just past my acreage boundary;
This is where I have been cutting firewood for the last week or two..
Textures and colours of bark, lichens, moss, fungi etc..
Full album: https://picasaweb.google.com/cactuscactus/March132011ForestTextures#

The first photos are all birches: presumably all Betula papyrifera; varying in colour from one tree to another, even various trunks/branches on the same tree..

       

Fungi

   

Lichens and moss, latter showing Populus balsamifera trunk..

 

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Mark McD
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Nice gallery Cohan; the selection here and your picasaweb gallery, you have a good eye for photographs and composition. In spite of the cold lingering winter where you are, there's a pleasing coppery warmth to the photos.  :)

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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cohan
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Thanks, Mark-- I have to find what I can at this time of year..lol..That was a fairly sunny day, so there was a nice bit of glow..
Trees, in any kind of detail, I still find a challenging subject, but I was quite happy with these trunk shots..portraits of more of the tree at once, I still need to work on....

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

cohan
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Okay, I think I'm not going to worry about being perfectly chronological, or I may never get anything posted ;)
A few images from May 05, my first find this year of Petasites, our first wild flower, usually..
https://picasaweb.google.com/cactuscactus/May052011FirstWildFlowers#
The first I found were just up the road, and some appeared to have been open possibly a week or more...
We seem to have P sagittatus, and P frigidus v palmatus, as well as intermediates, sometimes growing together.. I'm trying to watch sites this year to compare flowers to leaf forms --not always easy, as leaves are undeveloped when flowers start.. my feeling is that flowers vary little between the forms, but considerably within them... some have considerable purple on buds/backs of flower heads and cream to purple within the disk flowers, others all white; flower heads also vary from a mix of male and female flowers to mostly/all one or the other..(royer/dickinson says mixed or all female..)

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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Butterburs are charming plants, at least the flowers. I can be without the leaves of most species. . . But I have not dared to plant any in my garden ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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I guess you'd need quite a bit of space for them in the garden..lol--I'd like to try some plantings, but I can give them many metres space...
Actually i really like the leaves of the ones we have here-- the arrow leaf type can get large, to 30cm long, and I like the way they stand straight up, and also like the white hairs on them..
In fact, though I like the flowers--mostly on immature stalks- the plant is flashiest when the leaves and seeding stalks are at full size--you can see them from far away, unlike the flowers!
We also have what I presume to be P frigidus palmatus, with palmate leaves which are super common in woodlands here, but rarely flower, and I like these just for the palmate leaves--usually not too big 10 cm or so, but can be bigger...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

cohan
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From the same walk on May 05; same album:
https://picasaweb.google.com/cactuscactus/May052011FirstWildFlowers#
A view of the roadside wet area (we call it 'slough' like all wet areas that aren't big enough to call lakes--marsh/bog/fen/swamp--those are not vernacular here...lol) which is cut in two by the road.. usually deep enough to hold some standing water all year, with marshy areas around...

Several willows and a happy pollinator..

     

   

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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Same day, same album, but off the road and out onto the farm..
https://picasaweb.google.com/cactuscactus/May052011FirstWildFlowers#

Another Salix, this time female flowers

Just emerging Caltha palustris, no flowers yet that day.. Ranunculus sp, and Rumex sp

           

Several views of pasture areas on the farm; most of this standing water will not last, though depending on rain, some spots will have water all year, and many will remain damp/wet..

                                         

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

cohan
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A couple more road views from May 17, same day as last view I posted in Image of the Day..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Mark McD
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Cool shots Cohan, we never have those straight-as-an-arrow highway views here, our roads are more like spaghetti. The Salix bloom closeups are most artistic, I have looked at these closely several times, close attention to details is one of the joys of gardening and nature, thanks for sharing these :)

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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