Asters and Goldenrod

It is late summer along the Holland River and the purple asters have taken over from the white daisies.  They’re especially striking amongst the tall yellow goldenrod.

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Scarlet Pimpernel

The village has pulled a huge tree trunk out from a small spit near the overflow pond.  This has left a large clear area that nature is quickly reclaiming.  We have seen frogs there and I went down to see …

Dark Berries

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 …

Underappreciated Clover

Most suburbanites mow their clover down without a second thought.  It’s an interesting flower, though, and each little part of the flower is quite delicate.  This low pink clover is quite pretty and is quite a contrast to the tall …

Telltale Flowers

There are times that I see flowers appear and realize they are acting as tell-tales of their surroundings.  I was heading home one evening and saw this purple loosestrife off in the distance.  So I left the path and pushed …

Purple Berries

These berries are unusual along the path.  Most are red or orange by now, and have a somewhat translucent feel to them.  These are denser, purplish berries on a tree with leaves that grow opposite.  Not a dogwood or honeysuckle, …

Low Flowers

The bindweed has spread along the train tracks.  This morning the bunch of them were turned to the sun like so many satellite dishes, white trumpets opened for the warmth.  They are often so low to the ground that they …