Tag Archives: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

#NPOD: Spotted Joe Pye Weed #Nativeplants

Spotted Joe Pye Weed – Native Plant of the Day 11/06/2017
Photo from 9/6/2012.  Location: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Lake County, MN. More photos / info at the Eutrochium maculatum detail page.

Spotted Joe Pye Weed, Purple Boneset, Spotted Trumpetweed - Eutrochium maculatum

Spotted Joe Pye Weed – Eutrochium maculatum

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#NPOD: American White Waterlily #Nativeplants

American White Waterlily – Native Plant of the Day 8/31/2017
Photo from 8/29/2005. Location:  Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, MN.
More photos / info at the Nymphaea odorata detail page.

American White Water Lily - Nymphaea odorata

American White Water Lily – Nymphaea odorata

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Orange Hawkweed – Hieracium aurantiacum – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Orange Hawkweed, an introduced and possibly invasive species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (12/15/2012.) Scientific name is Hieracium aurantiacum.  It  is also known by the common name Devil’s Paintbrush.  Photo below was taken along the border of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near Nels Lake in St. Louis County, MN, on September 9, 2012.   Go to the Orange Hawkweed detail page for more photos and information.

Orange Hawkweed, Devil’s Paintbrush - Hieracium aurantiacum

Orange Hawkweed, Devil’s Paintbrush – Hieracium aurantiacum

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Red-osier Dogwood (Western Dogwood) Fruit #Nativeplants

In early September I did a Boundary Waters canoe trip with a couple of friends – great time with them, and great to get back after several years of absence.  One of the plants I photographed was a large shrub with white berries.  I hadn’t been able to identify it until recently, when I was browsing my copy of Idaho Mountain Wildflowers – A. Scott Earle and saw those white berries in a photo.  Slapped my forehead – Dogwood!  Red-osier Dogwood has WHITE berries!  A bit more research on what Cornus species were found in Minnesota ensured that this was Cornus sericea.  I like reducing that list of “Unidentified” in my photo catalog.

Red-osier Dogwood, Western Dogwood, American Dogwood - Cornus sericea Berries

Red-osier Dogwood (Western Dogwood, American Dogwood) Berries

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Pinnate Prairie Coneflower – Ratibida pinnata – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Pinnate Prairie Coneflower, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (09/24/2012.) Scientific name is Ratibida pinnata.  Photo below was taken near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in St. Louis County, MN on Sep 9, 2012.   It  is also known by the common names Yellow Coneflower and Grayhead Coneflower .  Go to the Pinnate Prairie Coneflower detail page for more photos and information.

Pinnate Prairie Coneflower, Yellow Coneflower, Grayhead Coneflower - Ratibida pinnata

Pinnate Prairie Coneflower, Yellow Coneflower, Grayhead Coneflower – Ratibida pinnata

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Bunchberry – Cornus canadensis – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Bunchberry, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (09/20/2012.) Scientific name is Cornus canadensis.  Photo below was taken near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, St. Louis County, MN on Sep 9, 2012.   It  is also known by the common names Bunchberry Dogwood, Dwarf Dogwood, Canadian Bunchberry, Dwarf Cornel, and Creeping Dogwood.  Go to the Bunchberry detail page for more photos and information.

Bunchberry, Bunchberry Dogwood, Dwarf Dogwood, Canadian Bunchberry, Dwarf Cornel, Creeping Dogwood - Cornus canadensis

Bunchberry, Bunchberry Dogwood, Dwarf Dogwood, Canadian Bunchberry, Dwarf Cornel, Creeping Dogwood – Cornus canadensis

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Spotted Joe Pye Weed – Eutrochium maculatum – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Spotted Joe Pye Weed, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (09/19/2012.) Scientific name is Eutrochium maculatum.  Photo below was taken in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Lake County, MN on Sep 6, 2012.   It  is also known by the common names Purple Boneset and Spotted Trumpetweed .  Go to the Spotted Joe Pye Weed detail page for more photos and information.

Spotted Joe Pye Weed, Purple Boneset, Spotted Trumpetweed - Eutrochium maculatum

Spotted Joe Pye Weed, Purple Boneset, Spotted Trumpetweed – Eutrochium maculatum

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Pearly Everlasting – Anaphalis margaritacea – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Pearly Everlasting, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (09/18/2012.) Scientific name is Anaphalis margaritacea.  Photo below was taken at Thunder Head on Knife Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Lake County, MN on Sep 4, 2012.   It  is also known by the common names Western Pearly Everlasting.  Go to the Pearly Everlasting detail page for more photos and information.

Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting - Anaphalis margaritacea

Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting – Anaphalis margaritacea

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Coincidence – or Providence?

Heidelberg Catechism Question 27: What do you understand by the providence of God?

Answer:  Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God by which he upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty – all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but from his fatherly hand.

Storm passes by on Kekekabic Lake

Storm passes by on Kekekabic Lake

A violent storm – one which started the fire that affected our route days later – splitting and mostly passing us by.  Two days later getting camp set up minutes before the arrival of Forestry Service representatives who told us that Vera Lake, where we had just arrived, was closed due to that lightning-started fire, but since we were already set up and at the far end of the lake they’d let us stay tonight – when I was so exhausted I don’t think I could have traversed the 200-rod portage off the lake.  A fire that forced a route change that put us at a perfect site for the final night on trail – our first night with no mosquitos and a magnificent view of the Milky Way.  Even that no-bar fleeting signal that allowed a  cell phone call to arrange a pickup so we didn’t need a 3-hour paddle down a windy lake.  

Were those coincidences, or the action of His fatherly hand? 

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