Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Saturday Photo: Champlain's Asters

After much back and forth, it looks like the new bridge across the St. Lawrence is not going to be named after a hockey hero.  There's even a  chance that it will bear the name of Samuel de Champlain like the existing one.  Stephen Harper may not like it that a French explorer got here first, and  in his campaign to tie Canada more closely to the British tradition, but he can't deny that fact.

Champlain was much more than just a dude who sailed around and claimed territory though.  In his 27 voyages across the Atlantic, he produced amazingly accurate maps, and also brought back much flora from the New World to France.  Among them were samples of the lovely asters that bloom at the end of summer. 

I'm not sure of exactly which of the many native varieties bloomed in our yard until a few days ago, but I love them.  Champlain probably did too.

1 comment:

lagatta à montréal said...

I never got round to reading "Champlain's Dream" http://www.canadashistory.ca/Books/Book-Reviews/Reviews/Champlain-s-Dream.aspx I'd intended to, but it fell of the radar. Evidently he was unusual for his attention not only to Indigenous fauna and flora, but also the Indigenous peoples here.

I love asters. Some of the last flowers to persist; still saw quite a few yesterday between Petite-Italie and Mile End.