Deerlick Creek: July 2020

Deerlick Creek empties into the Est Don River near Lawrence and the DVP. A paved trail runs beside it starting in this park.

Long ago, native people discovered that deer were drawn to mineral deposits in this valley. Over the years, industrial progress almost destroyed the area but a naturalization project is doing much to restore it.

Some botany:

Water Smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)
Water Smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)
Common Plantain (Plantago major)
Canada Thistle (Cisium arvense)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Fowl Manna Grass (Glyceria striata)
Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)
White Vervain (Verbena urticifolia)
Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)
Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica ) Berries can be orange or red
Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica ) Berries can be orange or red
Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Field Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Honewort (Cryptotanenia canadensis)
Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)
Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatis)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcmara)
Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Wild-bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
English Oak (Quercus robur)
Male flowers have given pollen and now wilt above female flowers (Cat-tail)
Bee on Queen-Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)

Other life:

Water Strider
Cabbage White Butterfly
Gyspy Moth (male)
Gyspy Moth (male)
Gyspy Moth (female)
Ebony Jewelwings (male)
Ebony Jewelwing (male)
Ebony Jewelwing (male)
Ebony Jewelwings
Ebony Jewelwing (female)
Ebony Jewelwing (female)


How sweet to move at summer’s eve
By Clyde’s meandering stream,
When Sol in joy is seen to leave
The earth with crimson beam;
When islands that wandered far
Above his sea couch lie,
And here and there some gem-like star
Re-opes its sparkling eye.                            – Andrew Park (1807–63)

Miles Hearn

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