I have officially returned to school in Ontario after my long stay in the Arctic. The final few weeks of my stay at Daring Lake were rather hectic and I was not able to find time to complete a final set of blog posts. As such I will continue to post about Daring for another week or two until I have exhausted all of my photos. To start with, here is the second instalment of the Tundra Blooms series.
COMPOSITAE: The aster/daisy/sunflower family
Alpine Arnica – This wildflower was restricted to a single south facing slope on the south shores of Daring Lake. The blooms I photographed were present in the first week of July, but the start of blooming probably took place a week or two earlier.
Pussytoes – This unfortunately named flower began to bloom in the third week of June. Typically Pussytoes was found on dry, bare esker tops.
LENTIBULARIACEAE: The bladderwort family
Hairy Butterwort – Butterwort blooms appeared in the third week of June in wet areas dominated by Sphagnum mosses. This particular plant is carnivorous. The small basal leaves are covered with a sticky liquid on their upper surfaces that is used to trap insects.
ROSACEAE: The rose family
Snow Cinquefoil – One of the earliest flowers to bloom, I captured these pictures of Snow Cinquefoil in the second week of June. Snow Cinquefoil was located on dry, bare esker tops, often growing in clusters with Pussytoes pictured above.
Swamp Cinquefoil – Swamp Cinquefoil was found blooming in wet riparian areas in the third week of June. However, like the Arnica, I found these flowers late and guess that blooming began one or two weeks earlier.
Cloudberry – One of the many delicious berries present on the tundra, Cloudberry flowers first appeared in the third week of June. Cloudberry could be found across most tundra types, from heath tundra to shrub tundra.
LEGUMINOSAE: The pea family
Locoweed – Locoweed blooms were found in the third week of June. These wildflowers were located on the tops of dry, bare eskers, often growing intermixed with Alpine Bilberry.