Le Marais de Touraine, Gatineau Quebec: June 2022

I last visited the Touraine Marsh on a frigid and icy winter day in December 2021.

It was quite different today in early summer.

Some botany:

Tower Mustard (Arabis glabra)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Goat’s-beard (Trogopogon)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Butterfly Pea (Clitoria mariana)
Joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium maculatum)
Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatis)
Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolia)
Glossy Buckthorn (Rhamnus utilis)
Timothy (Phleum pratense)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Staghorn Sumac male flowers
Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
White Bedstraw (Galium album)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Crown Vetch (Securigera varia)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)
Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)
Crown Vetch and Bladder Campion

Some birds

Swamp Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
American Goldfinch (male)


Middle English
Sumer is icumen in
Lhude sing cuccu
Groweþ sed
and bloweþ med
and springþ þe wde nu
Sing cuccu

Modern English
Summer[a] has arrived,
Loudly sing, cuckoo!
The seed is growing
And the meadow is blooming,
And the wood is coming into leaf now,
Sing, cuckoo! – mid-13th century

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Le Marais de Touraine, Gatineau Quebec: June 2022

  1. rosemarie fischer

    beautiful place,Miles,I can almost smell the milkweed,love that scent,almost likes orchards,to me anyway.
    so peaceful…….thanks………


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