Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Peaking Pink Flowers & Peeking Creatures

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The pink flowers are peaking in Paradise Meadows! and should continue for the next couple of weeks.

Pink Heather Meadow

Pink Heather Meadow

With the rain showers all day today, the colours of the meadows appeared quite saturated.

Pink Mountain-heather & Western Bog-laurel

Pink Mountain-heather & Western Bog-laurel

The main pink flowers are pink mountain-heather & western bog-laurel – exactly the same shade of pink, so you have to look closely at the flower shape and at the leaves. The heather has needle-like leaves (at the back & bottom right of the photo) while bog-laurel has lance-shaped leaves (at the front & centre of the photo).

Jeffrey's Shootingstar

Jeffrey’s Shootingstar

A darker shade of pink, the Jeffrey’s shootingstar are at their peak, scattered throughout the meadows at many more areas than they seemed to be last year. The pale purple marsh violet also seems more abundant than last year.

Slender Bog-orchid

Slender Bog-orchid

Several new greenish or white flowers are also appearing – several slender bog-orchid, in the wet areas near the shootingstar.

Three-leaved Goldthread

Three-leaved Goldthread

The tiny spider-like fern-leaved goldthread has finished flowering, but there is quite a bit of the little three-leaved goldthread , particularly near the Buckbean Pond.

Rosy Twistedstalk

Rosy Twistedstalk

I found one example of rosy twistedstalk near the start of the trail – I had only seen it once before, in a different location. Some clasping twistedstalk is about to bloom farther along the path.
Other new blooms include mountain arnica, leatherleaf saxifrage, white mountain-heather, and a few sticky false asphodel, deer-cabbage, and foamflower. Flowering shrubs include false azalea, bog blueberry & Alaskan blueberry. The white alpine marsh-marigold, globeflower, and partridgefoot are mostly past their peak.

Curious Red Squirrel

Curious Red Squirrel

Several animals & birds were peeking out around the meadows. A Red Squirrel chattered loudly from the trees before scurrying out for a look.

Curious Steller's Jay

Peeking Steller’s Jay

A Steller’s Jay looked at me sideways from his perch.

Curious Whiskey Jack

Curious Whiskey Jack

The always curious Whiskey Jacks have even been coming into the Wilderness Centre building to visit!

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