Having posted a photo of White Trilliums, Ontario’s Provincial Flower I thought a photo of Saskatchewan’s Provincial Flower would make an follow up post of sorts.
The Prairie Lily is found over a quite large section of North America and isn’t limited to prairie habitat. Interestingly, as the Provincial Flower of Saskatchewan it cannot be picked, uprooted or destroyed in any manner in the province.
I found a group of three or four growing in a ditch on a quiet back road. Rather than walk up to the flower with a close up lens I set up my long telephoto on a tripod. That helped isolate the flower from cluttered surroundings and avoided trampling other plants in the ditch.
A pair of Common Red Soldier Beetles mating on Ragwort flowers. Despite the common English name I’d describe them as orange rather than red.
The Soldier part of the common English name comes from the colour pattern supposedly reminiscent of the red uniforms of early British soldiers.
A film shot from my archives. Taken in Cheshire, England in the mid 1980s.
Some Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids on the South Bruce Peninsula. A variable plant around here, some years we have a good display of them, other years we don’t seem to see many. This year seems fairly typical, no spectacular shows but plenty about if you look for them.
These are growing on the edge of a side road where the power company cleared the brush from underneath the power lines last autumn.
There’s a good show of White Trilliums on the South Bruce Peninsula this spring. The White Trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario.
The photo was taken on an afternoon walk over the Victoria Day long weekend, know as the May 2-4 weekend. I was going to title the post ‘a group of White Trilliums and a solitary yellow Dandelion’ but decided that was a bit rambling.