The Forget-Me-Nots – from the German for Vergissmeinnicht – are back everywhere along the river. I’d seen just a bunch or two and now they’ve exploded. They’re so small, it’s easy to miss the interesting details in the middle of these lovely flowers.
It has been a hard time for the woolly bear, and I’ve seen crushed carcasses along the path where they venture out and are trodden, or ridden, on by humans. The cabbage moths had disappeared for awhile or at least I hadn’t noticed them, but they were in abundance yesterday.
All the berries have ripened now and those that aren’t being actively devoured may hang around into winter. There have been hordes of birds in the trees but I have noticed, at least during last winter, that the number of birds didn’t necessarily mean all of the available food disappeared.
The trees have started to turn although it is still hit and miss. Some of gone to a deep red and orange and others are still entirely green. These latter may just go straight to brown and fall off.
Did I say I loved these flowers? Well the bumblebees seem to as well, and they were massing around the blue clusters in the late afternoon sun.
The blue aster has become one of my favorite wildflowers along the river. I prefer it’s large size to the small white daisy-like asters that are also found in masses. These have been experiencing the cold and I often see them closed in late afternoon when the sun should still be warming them.
The blue of these asters is striking among the late summer blooms. The only other large blue flowers I’ve seen along here have been the chicory and forget-me-nots.
These blue asters are a lovely alternative to the many white asters along the river. There is something about the bright yellow center and the blue petals that I find very attractive.
This has been a bounteous year for blueberries but I’ve never seen them along the path or the river. The blue berries I have seen are wild grapes or the berries of the Virginia creeper, with its bright red stems. Still lovely, but I will leave them for the birds.
The herons have been far more common – and willing to be photographed – than last year. I’ve seen a pair, now, one with the dark grey plumage and the other mostly white. This one was stock still in the overflow pond, where I’ve seen frogs, muskrat, and fish. It’s easy to understand the attraction …
Another dragonfly was flitting about today. It’s interesting how the wing colors can make such an impression. When this one – it’s a Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia ) – flies, it looks like it has brown boxes at the ends of its wings, when in fact the color is in the middle of its wings. …