Category Archives: Photo Rambles

Birds, Hardhack & Mountain Sneezeweed – Uplands Park – July 28-2013

P1040496P1040487 An enthusiastic group met to day at 8:00AM, at Cattle Point in Uplands Park, to enjoy the Friends of Uplands Park monthly Sunday Bird Walk, led by Geoffrey and Dave Newell.
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P1040494 The “mystery” patch of beautiful yellow flowers is Mountain Sneezeweed, fronting an expanse of Hardhack, and lining either side of one of the muddiest winter-spring paths into the Central Meadow. The muddy path is actually a vernal pool and full of what seems to be algae in the spring, now appearing as dry gray sheets at the base of the Sneezeweed.IMG_3228IMG_3214IMG_3208IMG_3237

Blooms enjoyed in Uplands Park while Bird Watching – June 30-2013

A great group met June 30-2013 at 8:00AM, at Cattle Point, to Bird Watch in Uplands Park. Some interesting blooms and seed heads also observed:

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Great Camas, Nootka Rose, Honeysuckle Blooming in Uplands Park (May 25, 2013)

IMG_2603 Byways and trails in Uplands Park are beautiful with Great Camas, Nootka Rose, Honeysuckle, and so much more. Blue-green seed pods of Common Camas fill the meadows among blooms of other species.  Birthday photo-ramble for Blake.

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Rare Water Plantain Buttercup in Uplands Park

Ranunculus alismifolius - Uplands Park Victoria_MG_7674arWater Plantain Buttercup (Ranunculus alismifolius) is found in only two places in Canada.  Small fragmented patches, around a vernal pool, and a trail running through, are in Uplands Park. Thanks to Libby & Rick Avis, who joined the April 28th, Friends of Uplands Park Spring 2013 Nature Walk, for sending these photos.Ranunculus alismifolius - Uplands Park Victoria_MG_5075aarRanunculus alismifolius - Uplands Park Victoria_MG_7673arRanunculus alismifolius - Uplands Park Victoria_MG_7671ar
 

 

 

 

Images taken by Kathleen Matthews, a few days later, show the foot prints and bike tracks on the trail through these rare plants.IMG_1542

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Fawn Lilies and a Camas in Bloom (April 1-2013)

Not an April fools joke. An early Camas is in bloom. A field of Fawn Lilies blooming in the area of the August 2012 burn. Silhouette of the Central Meadow Climbing Tree. A big vernal pool still holds water while most of the others are dry. And an ant.

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Signs of Spring in Uplands Park – Sunday, March 24-2013

The Friends of Uplands Park Birding Group was in the Park for a couple of hours this AM (Sunday March 24, 2013). A Bird list will be forthcoming. In the meantime, here are some signs of spring.

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Fire in Uplands Park – August 23, 2012.

Chris Hyde-Lay, Manager of Park Services, Oak Bay, has advised the Friends of Uplands Park of a fire, in the central rocky area of Uplands Park, that took place around 10pm on August 23, 2012. Chris noted: “It was about 75 m square. A little bark scorching to some of the small Garry Oaks.” I took photos of the burn on August 28, 2012. (Perhaps too many photos.) The burn extended to an area where FOUP had done a lot of broom removal in October 2011. This is the same area where there was another fire many years ago (2003?). I have photos of that burn as well, somewhere, and the same little Oak trees were scorched in that previous fire. Slideshow seems to present the images in a random order so hard to follow the actual spatial relationship of the photos.

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