Garry Oak Ecosystem in a Dewdrop

Flowers, trees, grasses, clouds, blue sky...probably my most complex drop refraction, but it is a little dim in the early morning light..and I boosted it up a bit to compensate for the poor low-light performance of my little P&S.


Garry Oak meadows host more plant species than any other terrestrial ecosystem in Canada.(3) The Garry Oak trees (Quercus garryana) may be found interspersed with other trees such as Arbutus (Arbutus menziesii) and Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). The understory may include shrubs such as Snowberry (Symphoricarpus albus) and Wild Rose (Rosa Nutkana), and/or grasses and flowering herbs.


Common herbaceous plants include: Camas (Camassia quamash), Shootingstar (Dodecatheon spp.), Chocolate lily (Fritillaria lanceolata), White Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum), Satin Flower (Sisyrnchium douglasii), Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum), Brodiaea, Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis), Red Columbine (Aquilegia formosa), Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta), Yellow Montane Violet (Viola praemorsa) and Deltoid Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea).


More than 100 species of birds inhabit Garry Oak meadows, including rare or endangered species such as the Western Bluebird, Western Meadowlark and Coastal Vesper Sparrow. Lewis's Woodpecker, once common in Garry Oak meadows, has been extirpated from the west coast, and the Streaked Horned Lark has probably met the same fate.(3) Other common birds include Bushtits, Warblers, Towhees, Nuthatches, Owls, Swallows, Hummingbirds and Hawks.

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Taken on April 14, 2007