April 28, 2014 to July 18, 2015
Presented below is a gallery of plant, flower and fungi pictures taken during the first 100 hikes on the journey called Hiking the GTA. This post concludes our celebration of chapter one in this adventure.
On July 21, 2015 I published my 100th post in this blog under the title Hiking the GTA #100 – Greatest Treks. That post presented the 15 most popular stories on the blog, so far. I’ve posted a gallery of animal pictures from those first blogs under the title Hiking the GTA – Amazing Animals. Ontario has many edible plants, some very beautiful ones and several really nasty ones. The pictures below are in no particular order except that the three most common poisonous ones are presented first.
Giant Hogweed is one of the nastiest plants in Ontario. It can cause severe burns and even blindness. These picture shows last year’s stocks and this year’s white blossoms and was published in the Canada Day post on July 1, 2015.
Wild Parsnip is another plant with similar poisonous sap to the Giant Hogweed. This picture was taken in Riverwood Part 1 – The Bird Property on June 28, 2014.
A third poisonous plant is Poison Ivy. This patch was photographed at Barbertown on Aug. 23, 2014.
Burdocks have a tiny hook on the end of each stem that inspired velcro. This one, complete with Lady Beetle, was photographed at The Winding Lane Bird Sanctuary on Oct. 11, 2014.
Coral Mushroom are one of the plants that although relatively rare can be eaten. This fungi was discovered on Canada Day 2015.
Ontario’s provincial flower is the Trillium. These were seen on our hike from Old Mill to Lambton Mills on May 17, 2014.
The Yellow Iris is an invasive species that takes over our wetlands and chokes out other plant life. This patch was seen on June 14, 2014 near Raymore Drive.
Dog-Toothed Violets were seen on the hike where we discovered the Ovens Above Old Mill on May 10, 2014.
The Vipers Bugloss has a brilliant shade of blue. We found this example during our hike at the Devil’s Pulpit on July 11, 2015.
We found young teasels growing at Glen Williams on June 27, 2015.
Jack-In-The-Pulpit plants can live up to 100 years. We found this large plant growing in Palgrave on May 30, 2015.
Forget-Me-Nots were used in Newfoundland for their Remembrance Day celebrations before they joined confederation and adopted the poppy. There were photographed near the Barber Paper Mills on June 6, 2015.
Coltsfoot is one of the first flowers seen in spring. We found this patch at Churchville on April 3, 2015.
Canada Thistle isn’t native to Canada but appears on our Coat of Arms. This bee was collecting pollen on a Canada Thistle near the Erindale Hydro Electric Dam on Oct. 19, 2014
Black Willow trees grow in wet areas and reach massive sizes. This one is in Riverside Park in Streetsville where we visited on Sep. 6, 2014.
Trees suck the chlorophyll back out of the leaves and store it in the woody parts of the tree for re-use the next year. These trees appear to be doing just that. These were also photographed at The Winding Lane Bird Sanctuary on Oct. 11, 2014.
Our parks are full of a wide variety of plants which keep the woods alive with splashes of colour from early spring until late fall. Watch out for the pernicious plants and enjoy the beautiful blossoms as you have your own adventures, Hiking the GTA.
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That’s an awesome tree photo! Giant hogweed isn’t the menace it’s been made out to be. And that’s not a dogtooth violet (they’re native to Europe), it’s a trout lily (native to Ontario). Thanks for all your interesting stories and photos! Here’s a link to an article about giant hogweed: https://nationalpost.com/news/giant-hogweed-or-giant-hogwash-is-the-threat-from-canadas-most-menacing-plant-being-overblown