June 25th, 2010 | by Dave Ingram | 7 Comments
Published in Botany, Flowers
Tags: British Columbia, Iris, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Rocky Outcrops, Shore Blue-eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium littorale, South Beach, Vancouver Island, Wildflowers
One of the plants that I’ve been trying to photograph for years is Blue-eyed Grass. I never seem to get the timing right – I’m either too early and find this iris in bud or too late and it has already gone to seed.
Today, while out scouting a route for tomorrow’s guided walk about plants that live on rocky outcrops I found several patches of Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale) in bloom at South Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I was extremely happy to finally have the opportunity to photograph this beautiful member of the Iris Family (Iridaceae). Like both the species and common name suggests, this iris is found close to the ocean.