Monday, May 25, 2009

Dogwood Drive

We did a little road trip this past weekend. The weather was lovely and warm here and away, which is always nice, but one of the highlights was the drive between the west coast and Port Alberni. Between here and there is a mountain range you must drive through. The top of the range — "The Pass" or "The Hump" — is also a bio-climatic divide meaning that we see some plants on one side of the hump, but not the other. Dogwoods, arbutus, and bigleaf maple are all examples. If you are coming to Tofino in the near future, you'll still be able to catch the dogwoods — B.C.'s provincial "flower"*— at their height. I couldn't resist a few photos. It's unusual in this part of the world to see such huge flowering trees.

* Technically, the "flowers" are actually the plant's bracts. The flower is the tiny cluster in the centre of this inflorescence.

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