Wildflowers (clockwise

ISLAND WILD: Wildflower photo contest for merry month of May

Wildflowers in psychedelic colours, everything from hot pink to candy stripe to neon blue are now in full bloom alongside nature trails and river pathways.

They’re wild, they’re really out there, and they’re waiting for you to drop by for a visit.

Wildflowers in psychedelic colours, everything from hot pink to candy stripe to neon blue are now in full bloom alongside nature trails and river pathways.

What better way to spend the coming weekend than to head out on a wild flower hunt…camera in hand – and perhaps a native plant field guide.

As a family activity, there’s nothing better – it’s a free scavenger hunt – compliments of Mother Earth.

Today’s nature half-dozen includes six wild flowers currently blooming alongside most river or streamside nature trails.

Challenge yourself to find all six…but be justifiably proud if you can find one or two.

As a special challenge, all readers who e-mail me a photo of ANY ONE of these wild beauties will win a copy of my trailbook: Nature Campbell River.

So get out the camera, go for a flower hunt and have some fun this weekend. Deadline for photos is June 4.

Cow-parsnip: Found in wet places, riverbanks. Alongside the Campbell and Quinsam Rivers. Can be confused with poisonous water-hemlock, poison-hemlock and giant hogweed.

Red-flowering currant: Found in dry open clearings, roadsides, woods. Among the hummingbirds’ first nectar sources.

Blue camas lily (common camas): A dry-land flower, found on Mitlenatch Island. Bulbs were historically eaten as food by First Nations groups.

Henderson’s checker-mallow (marsh hollyhock): A rare plant of tidal marshes, estuaries and seasides. Found at the very end of Myrt Thompson Estuary Trail.

Candy flower (Siberian miner’s -lettuce): Found in moist places, riversides, seepage areas. Locally found beside the Campbell and Quinsam Rivers.

Fringecup: Found in moist forests, riversides. Small fragrant flowers with pink petals turned backwards.

E-mail your photos to Christine at wildernesswest@shaw.ca. Poster: Backyard birds of Vancouver Island available at Coho Books and Campbell River Museum.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

BC Hydro increasing flow down Elk Falls to assist steelhead migration and spawning

Water flows within Elk Falls Canyon are increasing today to assist steelhead… Continue reading

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

InspireHealth workshop in Campbell River supports those with cancer

The free event takes place at Berwick by the Sea on Feb. 2

Habitat for Humanity North Island wants to keep momentum going

Organization asks City of Campbell River for more land to build homes for young families

28 townhouses on the way to 525 Dogwood

Council approves latest phase of development, but not before expressing traffic concerns

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Minister says plans to fight poverty, climate change, focus of B.C. budget

The NDP said in its throne speech last week that affordability will be the hallmark of its initiatives

Most Read