Petite Wild Flowers in the Maritimes

I love flowers and there were wildflowers blooming everywhere – fields of them, along the road, along drives, hedgerows of them. I made it my mission to photograph as many as possible. I don’t have my wildflower guide with me so I can’t name most of them. Maybe I’ll make that my mission when I get home.

Caped Jewelweed or “Touch Me Not”

This one looks like a funny little fish with fins and tail. They were very difficult to photo because they are very small and somewhat scarce.

Here is another tiny yellow beauty.

Bridfoot Trefoil or Lotus Corniculatus

Here is a purple beauty that was also hard to capture because it is so small and grows a couple of feet off the road shoulder.

Solanum Dulcamara

These white flowers are common throughout the Gaspe Peninsula, northern New Brunswick and this was taken on the Cabot Trail of Nova Scotia but were very difficult to capture in an image. When they grow in mass they are striking because of the white ball and silver stem & leaves. In order to capture them successfully I had to find an isolated flower in order to get contrast.

I found these pink little beauties as I was taking pictures of wildflowers while my husband was pumping gas (again). I took a lot of fun images from the lots of gas stations. These were back in the weeds so I had to threaten life and limb to get them – they are so small that I couldn’t get close to get a good focus. But then this is what they are and what makes them so special.

This afternoon I was taking pictures of these….

When this fellow started posing for me.

If you know the names of any of these, please let us know in a comment. Thanks Gary Schollmeier and Moriah LaChapell for providing names for the first three. I would enjoy being able to provide captions for all my wildflowers.

Color on Gaspe

One of outstanding cultural features of Quebec‘s Gaspe area is their love of color on their homes. Tin roofs are popular and it seems that they come in all colors. Here is a sampling.

There were multiple shades of blue and green and every time we came down a hill and around a bend going into a village these roofs greeted us like a warm smile.

I wasn’t able to capture the full range of color on houses because we were traveling with our trailer in tow. Our typical

In Search of Dr. Seuss

In Search of Dr. Seuss (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

conversation in the car was “Oh look at the pretty house.” “Where?” “Back there.” There were pink houses, purple houses, orange houses, navy houses, charcoal houses. I could write a Dr. Seuss book about them.

There are many different shades of green – and sometimes it is a lot of green.





There are red houses,

mustard gold houses, (these frequently had red trim – but that picture was “back there”)

The following was probably used as an overnight cabin at one time because it was in a campground we stayed at. It is a popular house color – especially with bright trim. The building in the background will give you an idea of the feast for the eyes while driving down the road.

This house, however, wins the “I’m not afraid to use color” award!

 Wild flowers are everywhere in abundance. These will come next. 🙂

Other posts about this trip:

Church Architecture of Gaspe Peninsula

We just spent three days driving around the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec. The scenery was fabulous however we had lots of grey skies, fog, rain and more fog. Not good scenery photography conditions although I did get a few that I will share. I was not to be deterred, however. I focused on wildflowers that were everywhere and church architecture. Wild flowers will come later.

We saw these steeples glistening in the morning sun and had to find them. Oh the joys of taking state/provincial highways. What you see is what I took – even though the planes seem surreal. This wasn’t several photos combined.

This next one was also discovered that day as we explored the many small towns along the way. We could always find the church because it was the tallest building. I was attracted to the brick work on this one – although it isn’t the only element that makes it visually appealing.

The churches above were along the St. Lawrence River. On Thursday we traveled along the southern shore of the peninsula and while traveling through a small town I noticed the copper doors on this church. Yes they are copper because a side door wasn’t polished. Can you image how much the copper polish line item is in their maintenance budget?

This was in Grande Rivier. Because we pull our kitchen behind us, we were able to eat a healthy, delightful lunch in their parking lot. Kind of like eating in the crept of St. Martin’s in the Field on Trafalgar Square, London – well almost.

I was also intrigued with the amount of color that is used on the outside of homes and businesses. I’ll be posting photos on this theme but the following church was selected because of its more modern architecture but also because of the colors used.