The flower colours at Paradise Meadows continue to increase, and with the warm weather now after several days of rain, conditions are just right for some spectacular photography.
Both pink & white mountain-heathers are now blooming around the creeks & ponds.
Drummond’s cinquefoil is adding yellow accents, along with mountain arnica.
In the ponds, buckbean is blooming. The flowers are incredibly intricate at close viewing.
Closely related to the buckbean is deer-cabbage, growing in wet areas, which also has five-petalled , fringed flowers.
Purple flowers are emerging, including common butterwort, with its distinctive lime-green leaves. I found one example of alpine speedwell near the ‘Four Trees’ bench – check the plant signs or ask at the Centre for the location! (near stop #6 on the Interpretive Trail Map)
Several northern starflower are blooming near the ‘Beaver Crossing’ junction of the Centennial Loop Trail & the Paradise Creek Trail (stop #11 on the Interpretive Trail Map).
Near the Sundew Pond, I heard a chorus of twittering among a clump of trees. A couple of adult Dark-eyed Juncos emerged to fill up their beaks with seeds.
As I waited quietly, eventually some of the juvenile juncos peeked out, and I was lucky enough to get some photos of an adult feeding the young! The juvenile birds have grown to the same size as the adults, but have plumage more like a sparrow, with brown streaking.
As a final wildlife sighting for the day, we spotted a Black Bear feasting on lush grasses near the Puntledge River, once we had come down the hill.