Photo of the Week

Flaming Fall Fireweed Foliage
Flaming Fall Fireweed Foliage
Epilobium angustifolium, Onagraceae
Colony Farm Regional Park, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
October 20, 2013

Last week I a took a quick trip to Colony Farm to look for migrating sparrows. Photo opportunities were slim with the withered vegetation and foggy light but on this grey day the bright fireweed leaves really caught my eye. This plant with the vibrant orange leaves and the pendulous remains of the fruit looks almost nothing like Fireweed during the growing season. These pendulous segments are formed when Fireweed’s fruit (a linear capsule) splits lengthwise to release hundreds of silky haired seeds.

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