Readers’ wildlife photos

Roger Latour sent what he describes as “a couple of pictures showing the spring flora on mount Royal in Montreal. A must-see when in Montreal!”  Roger’s notes are indented.

On the left: Erythronium americanum (yellow trout lily) and on the right Acer saccharum (sugar maple):

Podophyllum peltatum, a sequence showing emergence of the very rare (here anyway…) May-apple. The plant was most likely introduced by Amerindian natives as medicinal plant well before the arrival of the French. A few fenced off colonies here and there on the mountain, all doing fine!

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot, in the Poppy family Papaveraceae):

And a token animal—one hard to photograph—by Stephen Barnard. It’s a Wilson’s snipe (Gallinago delicata). As he says,

This is craziness. The bird was no more than 20 ft. from me. My Idaho birding friends are telling me it’s my totem, but I was thinking more along the lines of a wolf, or a bear, or an eagle. 🙂


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted May 7, 2017 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Very nice!

    I’ve found a lot of enjoyment from maple – it’s funny to say, but …

    Also thought “snipe” was an imaginary creature.

    • Colin McLachlan
      Posted May 8, 2017 at 5:25 am | Permalink

      Are you perhaps thinking of the Snark?

  2. Posted May 7, 2017 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Very good. I found some May- apples in our local woods at the stage where the fruit was ready for picking. It had the most amazing smell, like super-intense lemons. I did not attempt to eat it though — it can be done, but it’s tricky I hear.

  3. Terry Sheldon
    Posted May 7, 2017 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Very nice photos! Roger must be near the northern limit of the May-apple range…they are extremely common in south central Pennsylvania woodlands.

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  5. Posted May 8, 2017 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Nice to see some photos from Mount Royal. Merci, Roger!

  6. Posted May 11, 2017 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos!

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