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In the week between classes, I've been trying to take proper long rambles each day, to make more space in my head and all the spaces in me.

Trying isn't the word, really. I'm compelled up and out of the house to wander the earth. Fortunately this bit of the earth is damn pretty right now.

Here, then, are some photos from various park-hunting expeditions of the last few days, organized around the theme of awesome local species rather than chronology, because I'm too tired to explain the chronology.



Probably the plant most associated with this region is purple camas, a long-time indigenous food crop that has become rare because of habitat destruction. Camas grows in Garry Oak meadow ecosystems, which, rather than rainforest, is the distinctive landscape of this area. (Garry Oak is known as Oregon White Oak in the U.S., but we don't call it that, because Canada.)

This is a Garry Oak meadow restoration site. The blue isn't bluebell, but camas.



You aren't alloweded to pick or eat camas, unless for traditional use, because it's endangered, and it's fragile enough that you shouldn't walk through the meadow while it's blooming. I was on a roped-off path.



Here is a mix of camas and local Easter lilies:



This shows off the buttercups more than the camas, but I liked it:



And here are some photos from Arbutus Cove, though it wasn't very arbutussy. (The arbutus is the same tree as the madrone in California, but we don't call it that, see above.)

Rocks at Arbutus Cove

Arbutus tree at Arbutus Cove, natch


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Date: 2017-04-27 06:38 am (UTC)
sovay: (Haruspex: Autumn War)
From: [personal profile] sovay
And here are some photos from Arbutus Cove, though it wasn't very arbutussy. (The arbutus is the same tree as the madrone in California, but we don't call it that, see above.)

The second of these is just very beautiful, color and composition.

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Date: 2017-04-27 08:32 am (UTC)
shewhomust: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shewhomust
What beautiful places to walk!

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Date: 2017-04-27 08:35 am (UTC)
strange_complex: (Cities Esteban butterfly)
From: [personal profile] strange_complex
I'd never heard of camas before, but it's very pretty. I'm glad people are looking after it.

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Date: 2017-04-27 09:19 am (UTC)
watervole: (Default)
From: [personal profile] watervole
Camas does look very like a bluebell wood.

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Date: 2017-04-27 09:59 am (UTC)
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
From: [personal profile] twistedchick
Really beautiful! Thank you for sharing them.

Is there a close-up photo of camas somewhere? I'd like to be able to identify it if I'm ever in its vicinity.

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Date: 2017-04-27 02:42 pm (UTC)
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
From: [personal profile] twistedchick
Beautiful color. Interesting leaves. Thank you!

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Date: 2017-04-27 12:37 pm (UTC)
klgaffney: wet and misty close up shot of blue flower petals. (blue.)
From: [personal profile] klgaffney
so gorgeous. welcome bsck, spring.

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Date: 2017-04-27 03:16 pm (UTC)
larryhammer: canyon landscape with saguaro and mesquite trees (cactus)
From: [personal profile] larryhammer
I had not realized madrone = arbutus. Coo.
Edited Date: 2017-04-27 03:17 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-04-27 06:50 pm (UTC)
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Default)
From: [personal profile] larryhammer
That looks like a cool book.

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Date: 2017-04-28 01:54 am (UTC)
kay_brooke: Stick drawing of a linked adenine and thymine molecule with text "DNA: my OTP" (Default)
From: [personal profile] kay_brooke
Great pictures! I love the colors.