Monkey-flower and Indian-tobacco near Kars, Ontario: August 2020

Monkey-flower is found in wet places such as marshes, ditches, swamps, shores and borders of ponds, lakes, rivers and streams.

Monkey-flower (Mimulus ringens)
Monkey-flower (Mimulus ringens)
Monkey-flower (Mimulus ringens)

The overall appearance is said to resemble a grinning monkey’s face.

Monkey-flower (Mimulus ringens)
Monkey-flower (Mimulus ringens)

Indian-tobacco was once considered a medicinal plant because of the emetic alkaloid present in the plant parts, especially the roots, but is now regarded as poisonous.

Indian-tobacco (Lobelia inflata)

It can be found in moist or dry locations often in disturbed ground.

Indian-tobacco (Lobelia inflata)
Indian-tobacco (Lobelia inflata)

The lovely village of Kars lies beside the Rideau River.  The name was chosen to commemorate the Canadian-born General William Fenwick Williams who had undertaken in the siege of the town of Kars (now in Turkey) for the Ottoman Empire against the Russian Empire in 1857.

Presbyterian Church
United Church
Anglican Church
Ice Hockey Rink

The Baxter Conservation Area is very near Kars and I (plus many friendly mosquitos) had a good walk there early on this day.

Ringlet Butterfly
Northern Crescent Butterfly
Northern Crescent Butterfly

Thanks to Ken Sproule for assistance in butterfly identification.

Some botany:

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Flowering-rush (Botumus umbellatus)
Flowering-rush (Botumus umbellatus)
Water-parsnip (Sium suave)
Water-parsnip (Sium suave)
Common Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)
Common Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Gray Dogwood (Cornus foemina)
Tall Blue Lettuce (Lactuca biennis)
Virgin’s-bower (Clematis virginiana)
Enchanter’s-nightshade ( Circaea canadensis)
Agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepela)
Royal Fern
Stickseed (Hackelia deflexa)
Meadowsweet (Spirea alba)
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Tamarack (Larix laricina)
Glossy Buckthorn (Rhamnus utilis)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium)
Blackberry (Rubus)
Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)
Late Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

Thanks to Heather Pantrey who sent me these photos of a Chipping Sparrow feeding a Cowbird chick. Cowbirds lay their eggs in other bird’s nests and the chipping sparrow must have been surprised at the size and appetite of this one of “her” brood.

cowbird chick with chipping sparrow
cowbird chick with chipping sparrow

NATURE THOUGHT

The summer night is the perfection of thought.   – Wallace Stevens (1879–1955) 

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Monkey-flower and Indian-tobacco near Kars, Ontario: August 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    What bounty! Once again, magnificent scenery, gorgeous (and fascinating!) plants and flowers, and (Thank You, Heather!) A delightful and oh, so interesting–what a scoop!–photo capture of a Chipping Sparrow feeding a Cowbird chick! Thank you all, for all of this–Miles, Ken and Heather!

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