The Real Witnesses of Spring
Last weekend, I made the 30 minutes walk effort to reach Park Mont-Royal, or more precisely, Belvedere Outremont which is located on the other side of the Mont Royal Cemetery. The purpose of the hike was to look for a particular flower which is the best early witness of spring arrival around Montreal.
The name of the flower is Coltsfoot (Tussilago Farfara), a low growing plant which flowers before developing leaves and which serves as the first source of nectar for many insects, particularly bees. With the insects, their predators like birds will be around soon.
The flower prefers sandy locations near pathways and I found them on the Southside of Belvedere Outremont in different patches crowded with bees and flies. Unfortunately, I didn’t carry with me the Macrosetup so you have to be satisfied with this crappy iPhone 11 Pro shot.
On my stroll through the forest, I noticed another indicator of Spring, the Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa). This tree saft sapping butterfly usually appears during the first warm days in April.