Cow-parsnip (which can grow to 10 feet in height) is found all over Ontario in moist meadows, thickets and forests.
Lately I have been seeing signs warning about touching the plant. Cow-parsnip is not toxic, but the juice can cause contact dermatitis in sensitive individuals.
Here is how it looked this morning in a field by the Upper Bluffs.
Photos from earlier in the season.
Cow-parsnip is a close relative of the much more deadly Giant Hogweed.
I will identify it at the end of the post.
Views of the Upper Bluffs.
The striking fruit bodies of Staghorn Sumac.
this is the garden: colours come and go,
frail azures fluttering from night’s outer wing
strong silent greens serenely lingering,
absolute lights like baths of golden snow. – e e cummings (1894–1962)