Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Queen's cup

A mainstay of the forest floor, Queen's Cup greens up and blooms early in the season, spangling the ground with its pretty white stars. 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The car by the creek

This car was probably deliberately driven off the embankment above decades ago. In the years since, lovely walking trails have been developed both above and where the car now lies. For years the car was a highly visible blot in an otherwise pristine setting. Gradually, with the assistance of passersby who enjoy balancing rocks, the environment is reclaiming it.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Mossy cable

Near the abandoned site of New Denver's original hydro-electric generator, an old steel cable emerges from the moss and bedstraw.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bright yellow on the forest floor

These asparagus-like stalks look for all the world like Pinedrops, a sort of parasitic plant that has abandoned photosynthesis in favour of absorbing nutrients from fungus that attaches to its roots. But pinedrops are typically pinkish/light-yellow, not this flourescent yellow. Information about mycotrophic plants here. We would love to know what these are. We also saw some wine-red ones.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Forest fire safety

"Get the habit. Prevent forest fires." 

Trailside sign from years gone by, found and re-mounted on a cedar.