craving spring

I am craving spring. The holidays were over a month ago, the snow keeps on falling, I want to go for a run without a bitter cold breeze. Freezing rain. Shovelling and walking to the bus stop are the only activities I do outdoors. I get like this every February. I want to spend more…

my id guides

Due to an unfortunate processing error, WordPress has deleted over 100 of my photos. I apologize for any inconvenience. newcomb’s wildflower guide // lawrence newcomb the peterson field guide series: a field guide to the ferns and their related families // boughton cobb the peterson field guide series: a field guide to trees and shrubs…

Dense Blazing Star, Liatris spicata

Dense Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) The Dense Blazing Star is one of the thousands of species in the Asteraceae family, and is one of the twenty-seven species in the Liatris genus. This wildflower can be found in moist soils and has many suitable habitats including: fens, wet prairies, swamps, roadsides, fields, and marshy meadows. The…

Plant ID

Below are some additional plant identifications I did this week using the Newcomb’s Flower Guide and the Shrubs of Ontario guide books. All of these identifications were done in the Ecology Lab and had been pre-picked, meaning I was unable to see the whole specimen.                    …

On-Campus Wildflower Identification

Life goes by so fast and earlier this week I found myself back in the classroom for the Spring 2017 term. Specifically, this blog post will focus on my second lab experience of the semester: identifying plants in a woodlot on campus. For today’s¬†lab session, we started by reviewing how to use the Newcomb’s Wildflower¬†Guide…