Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria), which can be harmful to animals and humans.
Star duckweed (Lemna trisulca), a favourite food of ducks.
Elephant snot (Mougeotia sp.), one of the three forms of filamentous green algae that my friend studies (i.e., the effect of water chemistry on the growth of Mougeotia, Spirogyra, and Zygnema).
Large-leaved pondweed (Potamogeton amplifolius). This is one of the six main species of Potamogeton spp. [Potamos- and -geiton (Greek for river and neighbour, respectively)] (or pondweed) in Kawartha Lakes. Even though they can be difficult to tell apart, they all have alternating leaves with a visible mid-vein (seen in this photo).
Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), an invasive species that forms dense canopy on the water surface and shades out other aquatic plant species. There is also M. sibiricum, which is the native species. According to Newmaster et al. (1996), M. sibiricum has 5 to 12 leaf-like segments per side, while M. spicatum has 12 to 20 segments per side.
Tape grass (Vallisneria americana)
We went ashore to a local park to check out fungi that my friend saw bioluminescenting at night. This is the underside.
From the top. [Edit: This looks like Panellus stipticus.]
Some other kind of mushroom on the ground.
Water Marigold (Megalodonta beckii). Although the leaves (the threadlike segments) may look whorled, they are actually opposite but branched immediately from the stem. This photo doesn't show that too well.
Coontail (Ceratophyllum demersum). A floating plant with no roots and can reproduce quickly from fragmented parts.
More tape grass (Vallisneria americana).
Entering the "echo tunnel" to the land of garden gnomes (that's what my friend calls it).
Through the tunnel.
We found more plants on the other side, including the common waterweed (Elodea canadensis). You can see that the leaves are small and crowded towards the tip. These plants look like artificial plants found in aquariums.
Back to the other side.
Difficult to capture the fall colours because of the overcast sky.
An osprey nest.
Strange cat artwork on a small island.
Female part of tape grass (Vallisneria americana) with some ovules or eggs coming out.
Exploring a gap between islands.
Quick review of some of the plants we saw today, from left to right: E. canadensis, calcified milfoil, C. demersum, and Muskgrass (Chara sp.).
And some more: Chara sp., E. canadensis, Megalodonta beckii, and Myriophyllum spicatum.
Another one of the pondweed plants - Potamogeton richardsonii (Richardson's pondweed or clasping pondweed).
Helped out with some leaf-raking before we leave. Definitely learned a lot today thanks to everyone.