It is becoming time for plants to shed. The many thistles in the area around the river are browning up and starting to break apart. I have seen a few milkweed pods opened but they seem premature, as if bugs or other critters have had a gnaw at them. This Common Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus) is an invasive plant – to a yardener, it would be a really annoying 2 foot dandelion – but it’s bushy white seeds are pretty while they still hold together. The leaves of the plant are apparently used in Chinese cooking.