Goldenrod Holds Out

This goldenrod plant is coated with snow.  It’s interesting to see how thick the snow needs to be to stay on the plant without causing it to collapse.  The weather has been pretty cold and dry, so the flakes have …

Goldfinch Feeding

There was fluttering in some dense goldenrod stalks and suddenly a half-dozen goldfinches were visible bobbing around.  They seem to be enjoying the warmer temperatures and still finding plenty of food.  I was finally able to find a couple who …

Finches in Goldenrod

The goldfinches were all over the field today, flying around the goldenrod as if it was hot and they didn’t want to rest in any place too long.  I caught this finch’s tail poking out of the middle of a …

Feathery Goldenrod

This goldenrod has completed its season, turning from green to yellow and now getting to share its seed with the surrounding countryside and, I suppose, hungry birds.

Goldenrod Galls

These small spheres have started to appear on the goldenrod.  I now know they are created by a the Goldenrod Gall Fly, thanks to the Audubon Guides!  The fly’s larva will winter within this lump (known as a gall, …

Blue Moon, Standing Alone

We had a blue moon the other night and it was still quite full the following morning.  I took this picture as rosy fingered dawn crept across the river.  The flash of light wasn’t intentional but makes for an interesting …

Goldenrod Blooms

These green plants have been growing tall and thickening all along the river bank.  I wondered for quite a while what they would become and they are now starting to blossom into goldenrod.

Field of goldenrod turns yellow.